Peru snakes go public

2016-01-21 19:30
The citadel of Machu Picchu is seen during its reopening in Cuzco, Peru; after a two-month closure caused by flooding. (Karel Navarro, AP Photo)

The citadel of Machu Picchu is seen during its reopening in Cuzco, Peru; after a two-month closure caused by flooding. (Karel Navarro, AP Photo) (Karel Navarro)

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Lima - Venomous snakes are getting a little respect in Peru.

The government's National Health Institute has opened a small museum displaying 57 of the venomous reptiles to help people understand them - and what to do if bitten.

The institute's co-ordinator of venomous animals says the snakes "have a bad reputation" but generally only attack when they fear attacks themselves.

Gualberto Marcas says they also play an important role in controlling rodent and lizards, controlling the spread of diseases.

Officials say Peru has 335 species of snakes, 33 of them poisonous.

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