3 mtr long lethal King Cobra rescued by student at Mathura

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Port Blair
8 Mar 2018

Having overcome his fear for snakes, this Class XII student of MES School in Wimberlygunj now has deep love and respect for the reptiles. Aware of the fact that his next rescue could potentially be his last, Raj Kumar, son of Papa Rao, isn't fazed as he has developed a passion for rescuing snakes. After his daring act in January this year, Raj Kumar rescued another 3 mtr long lethal King Cobra from a house at Alipur, Mathura bare-handed on Tuesday and later released it in the nearby forest.
According to the Pradhan of Mathura, Mr Shyamal Jaidhar, the family of Mr Raja Hemrom, resident of Alipur, Mathura, were left terrified when they spotted a huge King Cobra in their house. They screamed for help when Raj Kumar rushed for the rescue act. After observing the behaviour of the venomous reptile, he rescued it and released it into natural habitat.     
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.