BELGRADE – With the temperature increase, the number of snakes also increases. In the last few weeks snakes invasion was recorded on the territory of Serbia, reported Serbian daily Kurir.
The snakes have been spotted in cities and villages, and people are scared as many do not know what to do when they meet a snake face to face. According to the daily, the largest number of snakes is in the vicinity of Belgrade, in Valjevo, on Fruska Gora and Kopaonik.
Rastko Ajtic of the Institute for Nature Protection of Serbia said the summer period is characteristic of a snake invasion.
He said that snakes spend autumn and winter in their hiding, and as soon as the good weather starts, they begin to come out. This is natural occurrence, he said, only now temperatures are very high, so the number of snakes has increased. The largest number of snakes is on Kopaonik because nature suits snakes, therefore area on Kopaonik is suitable for them, he added.
Ajtic said the most common snakes are Copperhead Snake, Aesculapian Snake, Smooth Snake, and from poisonous snakes – Viper (Vipera ammodytes). This venomous snake is most common in Valjevo, and people should pay attention if they are in the area, he said, adding that snakes are not aggressive, there is no reason for fear and that they attack only if they feel threatened.
What concerns the most is that, even though the number of snakes has increased in some parts of the country, some health centers have no serum against snake poison.
Dusan Milosevic, director of the Health Center in Zitoradja said the center does not have serum against snake poison, the ones they have, have passed their expiration date. He said that the center ordered the serum, but there is no use as the serum has to be paid for, and the center has no funds.