Zagreb zoo in the Croatian capital is now home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world after the family of the one of the region’s leading exotic snake collectors gifted the zoo the collection.
When Predrag Ristic, from Belgrade in Serbia, was killed in a car accident, his family gifted the Croatian zoo 25 exotic snakes from his private collection, a collection that is one of the most valuable in South East Europe. Amongst the snakes who new home will be the Zagreb zoo, include two of the world’s most venomous snakes, the South American rattlesnake and the Gaboon viper.
The Gaboon viper has the longest fangs (up to 2 inches), and the highest venom yield of any venomous snake. Although visitors to the zoo have no chance of being bitten, the zoo is taking no precautions with staff and have a special antivenom from Berlin on hand in case.
Two pythons and boa garden snake have also arrived as part of the collection, said Zagreb zoo.