THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — Red-tailed vipers are appearing in many residential areas in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province threatening local life there, people have reported.
Residents in Hương Thủy town and districts of Quảng Điền and Nam Đong said they saw the vipers in gardens and bushes along the North-South railway route.
Some people had caught the snakes, while others tried to kill them with just a wooden stick but experts warned they should use a protective glove or uniform while approaching them, as those snakes were extremely poisonous.
Experts said the monsoon season was approaching the region and this was the reproductive time for the snakes so the numbers would rise rapidly.
That was why residents could see so many of them in their areas, they said.
Experts also warned residents to clear all living areas, and specifically chop down bushes around their homes.
Till now, no attack by any vipers have been reported from the province but earlier this month, more than 500 people in HCM City suffered from snake bites and were treated at the Cho Rau Hospital.
Patients mostly come from provinces of Long An, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and HCM City.
Doctors advised snake-bite victims to keep still and be brought to the hospital as soon as possible after giving them proper first aid. — VNS