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Deadly snake bite for carpenter.

A carpenter has died after being bitten by a snake on the way to have a shower, his family have said.

The 35-year-old Indian expat was working for a firm in Ras Al Khaimah when the incident happened.

A cousin of the man told 7DAYS the deceased had gone for a shower about 4am and returned in agony.

"He was writhing in pain and was immediately taken to hospital by his older brother, who lives with him in the same room. He died three days later due to the snake bite."

The cousin said the incident happened last week and the man died on Friday.

His family is now making arrangements for the body to be repatriated to India. The deceased hails from Kerala and had lived in the UAE for two years.

He is survived by his wife and two children, who live in India.

The cousin said: "It looks like he stepped on the snake and was bitten. He died three days later after getting admitted to hospital. Doctors said that he died due to snake bite poisoning."

He added: "No one knows where the snake came from. His brother said that he spotted a snake at the same place a few days earlier and asked him to be careful. Since it was dark and he was in a hurry to go to work, he probably did not see the snake and stepped onto it."

There are a variety of snakes in the UAE but only a few are poisonous.

Dr Reza Khan, a wildlife specialist at Dubai Zoo, said snakes are usually found in the deserts in the UAE.

However, he added that they can also be found near settlements if they are close to the desert.

"There are three types of venomous snakes which are found in the UAE including Oman viper, Saw scaled viper and sand viper. They don't attack unless someone walks close to them. Snakes are very rare in the UAE," he said.

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Date:Jul 18, 2011
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