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Maharashtra: 60 Russell’s viper snakes salvaged from Zilla Parishad school


Horror gripped the school cook in a Zilla Parishad-run school as sixty highly poisonous Russell’s viper snakes were found in the kitchen of the school in Hingoli district of Maharashtra, a school official said on July 14, 2018.

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The spotting of so many snakes at one place created panic among students and staffers of the Zilla Parishad-run school located in Pangra Bokhare village of Hingoli district, about 225km from here in the Marathwada region. A female cook spotted two Russells vipers near the place where wood used for fuel was stored yesterday afternoon. When she started lifting more pieces of wood, she found another 58 snakes in the kitchen, he said.

The school’s headmaster, Triyambak Bhosle, said, “All of us panicked after seeing so many snakes. Several villagers rushed to the spot with sticks and stones but we stopped them from killing the snakes.”

A snake catcher, Vicky Dalal, was called and after toiling for more than two hours, he caught all the snakes and put them in bottles, he said. Bhimrao Bokhare, a school administrator, said the snakes were later handed over to forest officer J D Kachwe.

Meanwhile, a Russell’s viper snake gave birth to 36 baby snakes in Mumbai’s Haffkine Institute for Training Research and Testing.
Haffkine Institute is one of the leading research institutes’ for anti-snake venom. It is one of the only two institutes which have the license to collect snake venom in India. The female Russell Viper was caught from Barasati district of Maharashtra in the last week of June and gave birth after four days.

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