Warning: Deadly Poisonous Snake Discovered On A Plane In Dubai
Let’s hope this is all one big mis-snake.
If you’re afraid of snakes, this isn’t the most fun story you’ll read today. Dubai Municipality has issued a warning after a poisonous breed of the species was found on board a flight that landed in the city yesterday evening.
Discovered in an air cargo shipment, the exact number of escaped snakes cannot be confirmed, but the breed has been. Identified by specialists as the African Puff Adder, this is one viper you don’t want to mess with.
“If bitten, the inevitable result is death, as we do not have anti-venom for this viper snake in this part of the world. However, it can be treated elsewhere with the proper anti-venom, since they are species specific.”Dr Reza Khan, Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality
Originating from the African continent, the Puff Adder usually grows to be between 40 and 80cm in length, boasts impressive camouflage and is responsible for more fatalities in Africa than any other snake (eek!).
We won’t go into the details of what happens when you get bitten (because it’s gross), but generally – in the most severe cases – victims will die between two and four days.
However, it’s important to know that most deaths are associated with poor clinical care. If you get yourself to the right hospital immediately, the odds of surviving are massively stacked in your favour.
Either way, we’ll be checking under the bed tonight. Stay safe, people!