This is the moment a snake expert shows how not to catch a king cobra as it quickly turns the tables on him and ‘stands’ ready to strike.
The incident, filmed in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, was shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service (IFS) official Parveen Kaswan on 7th September where it is going viral with 250,000 views.
Kaswan accompanied the clip with the message: “How not to rescue a snake. Especially if it’s a king cobra!”
The 14-foot-long snake was reportedly trapped in the bathroom of a home belonging to Gopalakrishna Bhat who called a snake catcher to come and remove it.
The news site ETV Bharat identified the snake catcher in the footage as Ashok from the town of Belthangady in the Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada, an area known for its large population of different snakes.
The footage was taken in late August and the reptile was later released into the wild, according to ETV Bharat.
In the video, Ashok is seen grabbing the end of the king cobra’s tail and pulling it out of the doorway.
However, the snake quickly whips its tail out of the man’s hand and appears ‘standing’ in the doorway in a split second.
Apparently ready to strike, the snake glares at the man as he startles and backs away.