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article imageSnakes on the snow in Norway might be poisonous

By Martin Laine     Apr 1, 2014 in World
Skiers in Norway have been startled recently when they've come across snakes wiggling over the snow, and in some cases these have been the country’s only venomous species.
According to an article in the Norway edition of The Local, Tom Ingebrigtsen was skiing along a trail Sorkedalen near Oslo, when he spotted a snake crossing the trail in front of him.
“I was a little bit scared, but then I stopped,” he said. “I took it on my ski pole and threw it three meters away.”
He said there had been other reports of skiers encountering snakes in their trails over the weekend when daytime temperatures had reached 10 degrees Centigrade (63 degree Fahrenheit).
“I’d never experienced it before,” he said. “It’s not unusual but not unique, since I have heard of this other man having the same experience on the same day at another place in the Oslo forest.”
The snake was identified as a European adder, a type of viper, somewhat similar to the copperhead found in North America. There are two other species of snakes native to Norway, but they’re not venomous.
Ingebrigtsen speculated that the snake had hibernated in a spot where the warm sun had roused it.
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