Lethal Cobra rescued from house at Diglipur

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17 Mar 2017

The Diglipur Forest Division on Thursday rescued a massive King Cobra from Sitanagar village. The reptile, which was around 8-1- ft in length was spotted at a house in the area. Forest personnel rushed to the spot and rescued the snake to prevent any fatal encounter with the wild. “We received a call from one of the villagers in Sitanagar and armed with necessary apparatus rushed to the spot. The King Cobra was first trapped ensuring all necessary precautionary measures and then released into the protected surroundings,” said a forest official requesting anonymity.
The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.5 m. The species, which preys chiefly on other snakes, is found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. Despite the word "cobra" in its name, this snake is not a member of Naja ("true cobras") but belongs to its own genus and is considered to be a very dangerous snake.