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German police confiscate dozens of poisonous snakes after farm owner bitten

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By AP  with Euronews
A green tree python takes a rest at the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany.
A green tree python takes a rest at the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Martin Meissner, FILE 2010

Police in Germany said they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite.

The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near Hannover, early on Sunday and told doctors that one of her rattlesnakes bit her finger.

While the woman’s condition deteriorated and authorities hastily ordered an antidote from a specialist institute in Hamburg, police visited the farm in central Germany and found dozens of snakes.

In a statement, police said specialists determined the snake collection included both constrictors and poisonous varieties, which weren’t housed in appropriate terrariums.

The reptiles were all impounded and examined by herpetologists.

"The police will investigate which regulations the owner has violated," police added in a further statement.