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Document of the month: September 2008

Mortality due to snake bites can be considered in some parts of the world as a real public health issue.
Above, catching of a Bitis Gabonica (Gaboon viper).
After having been immobilized with a forkheaded wooden stick, the animal can then be held safely behind the head. Venom is extracted and is collected in a sample box placed under the snake's teeth.
Images taken from a contact sheet by photographer Didier Henrioud, Congo, 1962

Snake bites

Taken from the "Photographic Archives, Sub-fonds Photographers"

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