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Deadly snake found in Thurrock after travelling from India

The saw-scaled viper has killed more people than all the other species combined (Credit: South Essex Wildlife Hospital)

A deadly snake has been found in Thurrock after it travelled there in a shipping container from India. 

The saw-scaled viper is believed to have killed more people than all the other species combined according to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Grays. 

They received a call about the stowaway snake on Friday, 15 October. 

“The authorities that had already been contacted were not responding to the situation so our reptile expert Steve and Tom the vet collected the very agitated and aggressive animal before someone was likely killed,” said a spokesperson for the hospital. 

“It is now in a locked box in a sealed room ( Tom taped up the door ) with warning signs, awaiting collection from an appropriate facility that Sue our manager has contacted.

Tom the vet sealing the door (Credit: South Essex Wildlife Hospital)

“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.”

There are 12 types of Echis vipers and they are normally found in dry areas of Africa, India, the Middle East, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  

They produce a special threat display by rubbing sections of their body together and creating a sizzling warning sound. 

The hospital said they are “way up there in the top few most deadly snakes”. 

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