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Venomous snake stows away from India to England in shipping container

Venomous snake stows away from India to England in shipping container
Staff from England's South Essex Wildlife Hospital were dispatched to a business to capture a saw scaled viper when the venomous snake was found to have stowed away from India in a shipping container. Photo courtesy of the South Essex Animal Hospital/Facebook

Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Staff from a British animal hospital were summoned to a local business to capture a highly venomous snake that stowed away in a shipping container from India.

The South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Orsett, England, said in a Facebook post that a call came in from a local business about a snake found in a shipping container that arrived from India.

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The post said the snake was a saw scaled viper, a species described as "way up there in the top few most deadly snakes."

A veterinarian and the hospital's reptile expert were dispatched to the business to capture the venomous reptile.

The hospital said the snake was locked into a box and secured for transport to "an appropriate facility."

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