The Biodiversity Department organized a visit to the village of Ekaterininskaya Sloboda of Novosheshminsky municipal district of the Republic of Tatarstan, in connection with the cases of vipers slithering to the territory of the settlement. In the course of the visit A.V. Pavlov, an expert of the Volga-Kama State Nature Reserve, carried out the site survey, an explanatory work was carried out with representatives of the Executive Committee of Novosheshminsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Executive Committee of the Ekaterininsky Rural Settlement, the Administration of the municipal budgetary educational institution "Ekaterininskaya general education school" on the needs for preventive measures to prevent poisonous snakes slithering to the village territory.
The viper is the only poisonous snake in our region. Other reptiles – water snakes, grass snakes, and snake-like legless anguines lizards - do not pose a hazard to human. All our snakes bring invaluable benefits to forestry and agriculture, eating a large number of rodent mice and restraining the spread of infectious diseases, for example, hemorrhagic fever.
The Viper does not attack the person firstly, it only defends, and its poison is not fatal. During the last century, there have been no fatal cases in Tatarstan. Nevertheless, because of the direct destruction by people the viper is rare and is listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan calls upon the people to be more careful during walks in the forests, during berries and mushrooms picking. Going to the forest, put on tight shoes and trousers; before picking up the mushrooms, "try" the leaves and grass with a stick. Having discovered a snake, it is better to bypass it or gently disturb it with a stick. Do not beat or kill at all. The viper cannot stand the presence of people and quickly creeps away.
Observance of such elementary precautions will save human health and the life of vipers - rare and useful representatives of our nature.