Non-native, Venomous Snakes Dumped at Haskell?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Officials at Haskell Indian Nations University are asking people to be on the lookout for poisonous snakes.

Haskell biologist Chuck Haines says a snake that was seen near the school is a nonnative venomous viper, possibly a South American bushmaster, which can grow to eight feet in length. Haines said, "Just use caution, especially with your animals.''

He said he has removed two smaller venomous snakes from the same area, and received an anonymous tip that the snakes had been dumped there. Signs have been posted throughout Haskell's campus warning people that a snake might be lurking nearby.

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