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Man injured by poisonous viper

A 25-year-old man was injured by a rhinoceros viper, when he was cleaning a terrarium in Graz (South-eastern Austria). As the poison of the snake is very dangerous, the man had to be hospitalised in the regional hospital in Graz.

The man has several terrariums in his flat in Graz-Puntigam. He had taken the viper out of its terrarium in order to give it an antibiotic. The snake then apparently attacked the man but it is unclear whether its teeth only touched the man’s finger or bit it.

As the poison of the snake is very dangerous, the man then contacted a friend and an expert of reptiles. When paramedics arrived, he was still responsive.

All further symptoms, however, point to the fact that the man was bitten. When he was taken to hospital his health condition worsened dramatically.

On request of the injured man, the hospital has not revealed any details about the man’s health condition. The snake was put back into her terrarium by the reptile expert.

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