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San Diego Zoo employee bitten by venomous snake
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San Diego Zoo employee bitten by venomous snake

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There are more than 3,400 snake species worldwide, and they exist on every continent except Antarctica.

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego Zoo employee was hospitalized Monday after being bitten by a venomous snake, officials said.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon as the wildlife care specialist was caring for the African bush viper in a non-public area, the zoo said.

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This 2018 file photo shows an African bush viper venomous snake at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The staff member was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, 10 News reported.

"Although the San Diego Zoo cares for a number of venomous reptiles, incidents like this are very rare, and the snake was contained at all times with no risk of an escape," the zoo said in a statement.

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