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article imageSouthern Kyrgyz school suspended because of snake infestation

By Karen Graham     Apr 15, 2014 in Odd News
Students are usually clever in figuring out ways to get out of going to class, but in a small village in southern Kyrgyzstan, mother nature may have helped out this time. Since the beginning of spring an onslaught of snakes has kept a high school closed.
A high school in the village of Birinchi in the Alay district of the Osh province of southern Kyrgyzstan was ordered closed on Monday after Emergency Situations Ministry specialists made an inspection of the high school.
The school's 20 teachers and 144 students had been dealing with an invasion of snakes since the beginning of spring. As many as 30 of the reptiles had invaded the school, and students and teachers were coming across them on a daily basis.
Local residents had contacted the Public Health Inspectorate and the local veterinary department, asking for help in ridding the school building of the reptiles, but neither agency was able to rectify the problem.
Kyrgyzstan, officially known as the Kyrgyz Republic, is a mountainous, landlocked country located in Central Asia. The Osh province is located in southern Kyrgyzstan. Most of the population of one million people live in small villages in the rural areas. Around 83,000 people live in the province's three or four towns or urban-type settlements.
Kyrgyzstan is home to a vast and interesting array of reptiles. Besides several varieties of agamids and skinks, the region is also home to The Caspian cobra (Naja oxiana), the most venomous species of cobra in the world. This cobra is often found in the arid, rocky, scrub covered foothills at elevations up to 9,800 ft. above sea level.
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