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Zagreb Zoo Houses Serbian Snake Collection

Despite their history of bitter relations, when it comes to snakes Croatia and Serbia are good friends.

Zagreb's zoo agreed to house the snakes, as other zoos either didn't have the facilities or wanted just some of the collection on offer after the owner's death.
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Zagreb's zoo agreed to house the snakes, as other zoos either didn't have the facilities or wanted just some of the collection on offer after the owner's death.

The collection of snakes includes some of the world's most poisonous.
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The collection of snakes includes some of the world's most poisonous.

A black-tailed rattlesnake
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A black-tailed rattlesnake

A green pit viper
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A green pit viper

The poisonous snakes are housed in a special chamber, with safety glass and closed-circuit television monitoring.
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The poisonous snakes are housed in a special chamber, with safety glass and closed-circuit television monitoring.

Ivan Cizelj, the fish, amphibian, and reptile curator at the Zagreb Zoo, says the creatures in his care are "kind of a hot item."
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Ivan Cizelj, the fish, amphibian, and reptile curator at the Zagreb Zoo, says the creatures in his care are "kind of a hot item."

A mangrove pit viper
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A mangrove pit viper

The Zagreb Zoo purchased special antivenom to have on hand, as the bite of some of these predators can kill a human in minutes, not hours.
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The Zagreb Zoo purchased special antivenom to have on hand, as the bite of some of these predators can kill a human in minutes, not hours.

Snake-handling tools
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Snake-handling tools

White-lipped island pit viper
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White-lipped island pit viper

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