A runaway snake caused a scare on the morning train from České
Budějovice to Brno on Sunday. One of the passengers sighted it wound
around the window curtain and alarmed the conductor.
Police and pest control arrived to capture the reptile, to find it was a species of the milk snake. The snake was transported to the Hluboká nad Vltavou zoo. Police are searching for its owner.
A snake on the loose in a Kaufland store in Orlova, in the Karvina region,
has been captured and the store has reopened to the public.
The store had been closed since Tuesday when the snake appeared on security cameras on the premises. Vets were unable to identify it from the pictures available and set thermal traps in different parts of the store.The reptile, which turned out to be a harmless grass snake, was captured on Friday.
It is the second snake-scare in the country this month. Recently a green mamba escaped in Prague, after biting its owner, but it too was eventually captured in a near-by garden.
Police and snake capture specialists are still searching for the pet green
mamba that went missing on Wednesday in Prague’s district of Hlubočepy.
Police have evacuated the building where the snake escaped from. According to experts, the deadly reptile is most likely still somewhere in the building, seeking shelter in warm and humid conditions.
The mambas’ owner, who was bitten by the snake, remains in hospital in an induced coma, after being given anti-venom.
Police have called in snake capture specialists from the Prague Zoo to help
track down a pet green mamba that went missing on Tuesday in the district
Due to the cool weather, the deadly reptile is likely to be seeking shelter in a heated building, experts said. Police were alerted to the situation after a woman, allegedly the green mamba’s owner, sought medical treatment for a snake bite.
Two very poisonous black cobra snakes have been adopted by a special anti-corruption police unit. The two reptiles are currently located at the Dvůr Králové zoo and will in no case be joining their new patrons. The so-called Kobra tax unit is giving 18,000 crowns a year for the upkeep of the long living snakes who are estimated each to swallow their way through around 40 rodents a month. While the donations could be tax deductible the tax enforcers say they not likely to be making any claims. The KOBRA unit was created in mid-2014 and already reckoned to have save the state around 1.7 billion crowns.
A snake breeder, who was bitten by a poisonous cobra in the area of Bruntál, remains in serious condition in a hospital in Karviná. The patient, who remains in an induced coma, was bitten at around 11 am on Saturday while feeding the animal and transferred to hospital. He has since received four shots of antiserum and is responding as expected, a hospital spokeswoman said. The antiserum was delivered from Munich, Germany on Saturday evening, ČTK confirmed; the antiserum needed to be provided within 24 hours.
A 50-year-old Czech citizen was arrested at the airport in Buenos Aires several weeks ago with nearly 250 live animals he was reportedly trying to smuggle out of the country, the Czech News Agency reported. Airport staff found 247 live snakes, snails, lizards, turtles and frogs in his luggage, some of them protected species. The man, who was later released on bail, faces up to 10 years in prison.
A 44-year-old snake breeder from Ostrava-Přívoz was transported to
Prague’s General Teaching Hospital on Friday after being bitten by a
viper, ČTK reported. The accident took place at around 7 am; his wife
called an ambulance as he began to collapse in reaction to the venom.
Doctors in Ostrava, who treated the patient, opted for his transfer after
consultation with toxicology specialists in Prague. The man was flown in
stabilised condition and is to receive anti-venom at the hospital. But the
doctor who treated him said a worsening of the patient’s condition could
not be ruled out.
Last year, in a similar incident, a Czech snake breeder miraculously survived a black mamba bite which is almost always fatal. Quick reaction on the part of the breeder, who drove himself to the hospital, helped save his life.