Terrifying moment girl, 5, is bitten on face by venomous snake at petting zoo

This is the terrifying moment a young girl being bitten by a venomous snake on the face at a petting zoo.

Viktoria, five, and her mother visited the Butterfly Park in Yekaterinburg, Russia when the incident happened.

In a clip shared by local media E1.Ru, staff members can be seen placing a small white snake around her neck.

Little Viktoria nervously stands in the middle of the room as she watches the reptile moving its head close to her face.

She then resiles in agony as the snake sinks its teeth on her chin before a staff member removes the reptile.

The snake is believed to be a hook-snouted rufous beaked snake from East Africa, according to reports.

And it is not considered dangerous to humans but the girl was taken to hospital for treatment.

Dad Vladimir said: "I went to pick up my wife and children, and they told me my daughter was bitten by a snake.

"We called an ambulance and took the child to hospital to be examined."

He was told by the staff said that the snake "does not attack people at all" and it probably happened because Viktoria had touched the chickens before and that the snake picked up the scent.

Expert Ekaterina Uvarova said: “Snakes are very sensitive to smell.

“If it was hungry, and the girl smelled of prey like chicks this might provoke the snake to bite her."

The bite was like a syringe prick, and the venom was mild.

She called for petting zoos to be banned.

The snake also might have bitten the girl because of “the excessive attention of people”, she said.

"An animal that is being touched all the time, which has nowhere to hide and rest, and is in constant stress. It is never good."

Viktoria was seen later with a plaster on her face.

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