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Croatia. Attacks of poisonous snakes are becoming more frequent

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Snakes are increasingly attacking residents of southern Croatia. The latest attack occurred this week when the reptile bit a woman in her own backyard. There are three species of venomous vipers in the country, and their populations are becoming larger and larger.

As the Croatian daily “Slobodna Dalmacija” reported on Friday, a 70-year-old woman was bitten by a poisonous snake in the yard of her own house near the town of Vrgorac. Even though she was wearing slippers and socks, the reptile's teeth reached her skin and dug deep enough to inject venom. The woman was taken to a hospital in Split, where she received anti-venom serum.

A viper is scarier than a boar

According to the Dnevno website, this is the fourth case of a poisonous snake bite reported recently in this region. In southern Croatia, the population of snakes, including venomous ones, has increased significantly. “As the number of bites increases and snakes appear more frequently in rural areas, residents are increasingly concerned,” it wrote.

– I regularly encounter snakes, both in fields and on roads. When I go to the field, it's rare that I don't see two or three, a Dalmatian farmer told the media. – I think I'm more scared than them. I would rather meet a wild boar or a leopard on my way.

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Rhinoceros viper – photo illustrativeShutterstock

The problem is compounded by the neglect of fields, which are less cultivated, making them perfect habitats for snakes. In addition, reptiles are less and less hunted to obtain their venom to create serum.

Of the 15 species of snakes living in Croatia, only three are venomous and come from the viper family – this is the zigzag viper, known from our forests (Viper berus), rhinoceros viper (Vipera ammodytes) and meadow viper (Vipera ursinii). Their bites can be fatal. All snakes in Croatia are protected.

PAP, Slobodna Dalmacija, dnevno.hr

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