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Apotheosis ... hypotheosis ... sounds interesting ...
I suspect that a) the venom evolved in smaller monitors for use against ectothermic prey and is not optimized for effectiveness in large mammals; b) the delivery apparatus is so inefficient that very little venom may be transferred in a single quick attack, or c) all of the above. hypotheosis
And on another note (which would seem to support my hypotheosis (using the layman's