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Rescuers surprised as king cobra found in house spits out monitor lizard

Prafulla Sahu a resident of Buguda in eastern India, was terrified when he spotted a huge snake inside his house on March 24. Although he couldn't identify the snake, he knew that it was very big and dangerous. He called a local Snake Helpline volunteer, Harish Padhy. Harish carefully caught the 13-feet long king cobra and then took it to a nearby forest in the presence of forest officials. As the men watched in surprise, the snake regurgitated a monitor lizard. The king cobra then swam across a pond and vanished. Snake Helpline founder Subhendu Malik said: “Though king cobra is known for eating other snakes, it also occasionally preys on other animals like monitor lizards.” Snakes usually regurgitate when stressed as it helps them to make a quick getaway.

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