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"Snakes in Croatia" tells people how to avoid bites

Croatian Times

"Snakes in Croatia," a new handout by Dusan Jelic, was promoted at the State Institute for Nature Protection today (Mon).

The handout informs people what to do when they see a snake in the wild and how to avoid being bitten by it.

According to the author, there are 15 species of snakes in Croatia, but only three of them are poisonous: Vipera ammodytes, Vipera berus and Vipera ursinii macrops.

The other 12 are non-poisonous and are not dangerous.

Jelic said that snakes were widespread across Croatia because of its mild climate. In the spring, they can be seen in groups after ending their winter hibernation.

The handout advises people to wear long pants and boots while walking through high grass or brush and not to touch snakes with their bare hands. They should also check resting places before stopping at them.

Snake can be scared simply with a thump on the ground, from which they feel vibrations.

Jelic pointed out that snakes are protected species in Croatia and are necessary for biological balance.

The handout is also available at, the institute’s official website.

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