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Habus get active as summer approaches

Date Posted: 2001-05-18

Local Police and health officials warn residents that Habu, a poisonous snake native to Okinawa belonging to the pit viper family and whose venom is potent enough to kill a person is getting more active as the summer approaches and weather warms up.

A couple residing in Sashiki Town found one of the habu snakes hiding in their garage midnight on Friday, and reported it to Yonabaru Police. The police dispatched a specifically trained snake catcher to the scene who captured the snake without anybody getting bitten. The captured snake was 1.8 m long, or fairly large by local standards. A spokesman for Yonabaru Police says that the department has received 16 reports of habu snake in this year so far. He advised that although most people in Okinawa never encounter a habu in the wild as they are becoming less common in urban areas, people should keep their distance is they see one and call the police to remove it.

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