Deadly snake found in Essex in cargo of stone from India
The venomous saw-scaled viper is considered one of Africa and south Asia's deadliest snakes.
The saw-scaled viper's venom can have deadly consequencesOne of the world's deadliest snakes has been found in a container of rocks that a stonemason had ordered from India.The saw-scaled viper was an unexpected, and unwelcome, stowaway in the shipment, and was reported to South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
The venomous viper is seen as one of south Asia's deadliest because they are often found close to inhabited areas.It has been locked in a box, in a sealed room, and is awaiting collection by an expert, the hospital said.The charity's founder and manager, Sue Schwar, said the people who opened the crate and found the viper were "very lucky to be alive".
"The snake was probably cold from travelling, so was not too active," she said.The stonemason tried to identify the reptile and immediately called the nearby animal hospital for help."Havingdealt with [a saw-scaled viper] before, we understood fully the gravity of just how dangerous these reptiles are - they are way up there in the top few most-deadly snakes," Ms Schwar said. headtopics.com
When staff and a vet collected it and took it to the hospital in Grays "it was hissing and spitting", she said.It was a "very agitated and aggressive" creature.Image source,South Essex Wildlife HospitalImage caption,Warning signs were put on the sealed door of the room where the snake was put in a locked boxRead more: BBC News (UK) »
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LauraPh222 Stower Constrictor Well one had to be a decoy! ironically the snake is probably less deadly than the other things that jump out of cargo containers Here we want to introduce this snake into your wildlife echo system 😱 Plenty of snakes in Essex getting stoned
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