In the regions where they are found, it is believed that the creatures are responsible for more human deaths than all other snake species combined.
When agitated, saw-scaled vipers move slowly, with the body looped into S-shaped folds, rubbing their scales together to make a hissing sound.
Hospital founder Sue Schwar told CNN that the people who found the snake were “very lucky” not to have been killed.
“Being a reptile and having probably spent many, many weeks in a container. It was probably quite cold, which was fortunate for them, because reptiles need to warm up to be active,” 그녀가 말했다. “그 시점에서 — thank God — it was probably fairly docile, but it was fairly aggressive when the team collected it.”
Although the authorities were called, no one responded, leaving the hospital to send reptile experts to collect “the very agitated and aggressive animal before someone was likely killed,” the South Essex Wildlife Hospital said.
The team managed to get the animal into a locked box, 과 sealed the room it was in with tape and warning signs as they waited for it to be collected by an appropriate facility, 그들은 말했다.
“We are glad not to have to deal with venomous creatures too often but feel sad for the snake that we can’t give it is freedom and get it back home,” the wildlife hospital added.