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    Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Zookeepers helped police search for venomous and exotic pets in a house where a woman was fatally bitten by a viper.

    Alexandria Hall, 44, was bitten in her home Monday and died at a hospital Saturday, police said.

    Neighbors knew she had pets, including rabbits and birds, but were unaware of her collection of at least nine poisonous snakes and more than one dozen other snakes, lizards and alligators until police went to the suburban North College Hill house.

    Police believe an urutu pit viper bit the woman Monday, and neighbors said she drove herself to a hospital. She was transferred to University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition until her death Saturday evening.

    "We have no idea how she made it to the hospital in the first place," said North College Hill police Sgt. Robert Kidd.

    Reptile specialists from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens searched the house with an ambulance waiting outside in case a venomous snake attacked.

    They found more than a half-dozen large lizards running around an upstairs bedroom. The venomous snakes were in secure plastic cases throughout the house, police and zoo officials said. Non-venomous animals were found under boxes and piles of clothes.

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    You know, I'll never understand why a person would feel the need to keep venomous snakes... I mean, if you like snakes, you can get a snake that won't make you die. Do you know if it's even legal to keep venomous snakes?

    Despite the not so happy subject matter of this piece of news, I did very much enjoy this sentence:

    They found more than a half-dozen large lizards running around an upstairs bedroom.
    Sounds really cute ^_^

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    That is awful. Too bad.

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    You can keep poisonous, but you have to have a special permit to keep them. Like with big cats you have to get a permit to keep and house them...but they check to make sure you can house them good where they wont get away into the wild I think.

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't think vipers should be kept as pets.
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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    I don't thing anything dangerous or poisonous to humans should be kept as a pet (with the exception of the 2 teenaged boys who tortured the bird - they should be FORCED to keep a Viper as a pet!).

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    on fireworks night last year it was reported that two boys bought a gerbil tyed it to a rocket and let it off watching the gerbil explode........some people are so cruel

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    Re: Woman killed by viper among her exotic pets

    That is horrible...! Wow! Was she koo-coo? I mean, and ALIGATOR!
    Must have bben.

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