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DEADLY snakes that can kill a man with just ONE bite could soon be breeding in the UK – thanks to sloppy Indian workers.
Experts say the fact that two saw-scaled VIPERS have been found here within a week means we’re sitting on a timebomb.
Grandmother Kath Forster spotted one curled beneath a box of Indian garden slates on her driveway in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
She calmly picked it up with ice cube tongs and trapped it in a box of Celebrations chocolates – unaware of the big risk she had taken.
Mrs Forster, 57, said: “Its tongue was out but I didn’t really look at it. We put the lid on the box but the box started moving. I wasn’t scared.”
But experts warn it is only a matter of time before someone is badly injured or KILLED because the authorities in India are not checking their shipments.
Reptile handler John Bent, who collected the viper, said: “A saw-scaled viper is like a loaded gun. We put it in a tank and it was striking the glass to get at me.”
Another viper was found last week at Tilbury Docks in Essex on a ship container that arrived from India.
Mr Bent added: “This is a timebomb. They are getting through and if they colonise here we’re in deep trouble.”