Definition of front-fanged in US English:



  • (of a snake such as a cobra or viper) having the front pair of teeth modified as fangs, with grooves or canals to conduct the venom.

    Compare with back-fanged
    • ‘The poisonous colubrid snakes come under opistoglyphs or rear-fanged, also known as back-fanged group, the elapids and hydrophids under fixed front-fanged or proteroglyphs group and the viperids are under solenoglyphs or front-fanged group.’
    • ‘However, for convenience, we retain the term ‘colubrid’ as an informal designation for the colubroid snakes lacking front-fanged venom delivery systems.’
    • ‘This position difference is recognised in two common names for the two tooth types of venom delivering teeth, front-fanged and rear-fanged.’
    • ‘Unlike the front-fanged elapids and viperids, the venomous colubrids are rear-fanged snakes, which must hang on and chew when they bite to inject any venom.’
    • ‘Most dangerous of New Guinea snakes are the fast moving, venomous front-fanged species.’
    • ‘Sea snakes are front-fanged snakes, highly venomous but not particularly aggressive.’
    • ‘One study helped resolve a century-old debate on the origin of front-fanged venom systems in snakes.’
    • ‘The mambas are also members of the front-fanged snakes, but their fangs can be folded in and out rather than being rigid like in other members of the group.’
    • ‘Rear-fanged snakes’ fangs are at the rear of the upper jaw and are different from the hollow fangs of front-fanged snakes; the venom runs down a groove at the back of the tooth.’
    • ‘The most diverse group of snakes in Sydney are the front-fanged venomous snakes of the family Elapidae which comprises a number of species ranging in size from relatively small to almost 2 m in length.’
    • ‘Elapidae comprise certain front-fanged venomous snakes (including cobras, coral snakes, the desert black snake, kraits, mambas, sea snakes and all Australian poisonous snakes (including the death adders)).’
    • ‘Caenophidia other than Acrochordidae and lacking a front-fanged venom system are traditionally classified as ‘Colubridae’.’