Snakebite injuries are becoming more common in the UK as snakes become more common as pets. A study has shown that National Poison Information Service (NPIS) recorded 321 bites between 2009 and 2020 belonging to 68 species of snakes. from them, 81% of people Those who received them had these animals as companions to their household.
Although they are still rare, figures show an increase compared to the period 2004–2010. The NPIS study shows that about two-thirds of bites occur in men. It also specified that 72 of those bitten were children and 13 were under the age of 5.
One of the researchers, Professor David Worrellof Oxford University, has declared the newspaper Metro: “Our results show an overall increase in the number of exotic snake bites reported to the NPIS compared to previous data. Most of these bites occur on the fingers, hands and wrists, following intentional interaction with the handle by those Those who have snakes as part of their business or hobby.”
It is important to check before buying an exotic animal
Professor Worrell said a special license is required to own any type of venomous snake in the UK. However, this does not mean that people do not keep them illegally, which means that the actual extent of snakebites in the country may be higher.
Although most snakes are not aggressive, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals The RSPCA advises people to do as much research as possible before buying one. For example, grass snakes, pit vipers and smooth snakes – the only species in the UK – although they are pets, they can also pose a threat in rare cases.
RSPCA offers many suggestions A follow-up for those who want to keep an exotic animal as a company. Among them “Don’t handle your python after handling the prey, as the snake can smell the food and try to bite it; wash your hands thoroughly first.” It is important that anyone who is fond of this type of animal reads them to avoid worrisome situations.