Yip - believe it or not - the Austrian Alpine wildlife has a lot to offer --- some NOT so tame animals like:
- Snakes (Kreuzotter - VERY poisenous)
So here is a one-on-one with Trapper-Iris on what to do...
SNAKES - now THEY are around in the summer in those mountains.
The most poisenous one is the "KREUZOTTER" Vipera berus... - generally not dangerous BUT don't mess with it --- defined by it's criss-cross shaped scales on it's back.
Length: 50 bis 60 cm
They like to hide underneath stones or ON stones in the morning to heat up... if you see one... make a WIDE detour.... again WEAR GOOD SHOES.
In case of a bite by this snake > immediate hospitalisation is required!
MOUNTAIN RESCUE REICHENAU (FOR RAX, SCHNEEBERG, KAISERBRUNN)
2651 Reichenau an der Rax, ?sterreich
Tel.: +43 (2666) 52512
This is a warning indeed!!! *
Every year in our region at least 100 people (tourists & day-trippers mostly) fall victim to horrific accidents and deaths due to the wrong gear.
My father and friends who are with the mountain rescue team have absolute HORROR stories on the findings .... some climbers only appearing after months when the snow melting sets in... don't have to tell you ... it is NOT a pretty picture.
There are - every year - and I wish I could smack them over the head the minute they get off the mountain-gondola --- tourists that walk around in flip flops, women in high-heeled shoes.... (I am not kidding) ... trying to explore an alpine area 3000 meters high.
I had to go out with the rescue team and carry an elderly woman half way down the mountain - because the 6 hour hike!!! has taken it out of her... she had street shoes and was walking a grade 2 mountain path.
SO - GET decent hiking shoes and plasters and desinfecting cream - sun block and enough to drink --- the Mountain Rescue team will thank you if there is one visitor less to worry about.