Knowing a snake has made its way onto your property is one thing, but knowing that the snake that is hanging around your home is a cobra is another thing entirely, especially if you have kids! This viral video shows just how dangerous and angry a snake can be when pushed out of its home. In this case, the snake is a cobra in a gutter.
The video starts with a standard camera shot of a pipe threaded under a concrete sidewalk. However, a lot more action will soon happen! You can hear water run, with the idea to push the snake out of the pipe so for safe removal.
As the water level rose in the pipe, a large and angry Rinkhals cobra popped out from the opening like a venomous jack-in-the-box! What ended up emerging from the tube was a Rinkhals, a highly venomous snake that can spit its venom up to nearly 10 feet away.
It also has a distinctive defense posture, where it raises its head and neck and spreads its hood. The other common name for these snakes is “spitting cobra” or sometimes a “ring-necked cobra”, although they technically aren’t considered true members of the cobra family.
Regardless of how it was scientifically classified, the cobra in the gutter was not happy to be disturbed. It hissed loudly and lunged at the man who had approached from behind in order to grab it. With a deft movement, the professional snake wrangler saw an opening and took it. Quickly moving behind the snake, he grabbed it with his special tool, making sure that the neighborhood was safe from the dangerous reptile!
Rinkhals, a Venomous Spitting Snake
The Rinkhals cobra is a venomous snake that lives in parts of South Africa, where this video was recorded. Despite what people refer to it as a cobra, it’s not actually a true cobra. Instead, the Rinkhals cobra belongs to a different genus called Hemachatus.
It features a dark belly with one or two light-colored bands on the throat and may have a body with stripes or spots. Incredibly, it can spit its venom and spread its hood when threatened (as can be seen throughout the clip). It feeds mainly on toads but also eats small mammals, amphibians, and other reptiles.
How Do You Transport Venomous Snakes?
Professional snake handlers are experts who know how to safely capture and transport snakes, especially venomous ones. They use special equipment such as hooks, tongs, tubes, bags, and boxes to handle the snakes without harming them or themselves. In the video, you can see one of these tools used to safely grab the snake without hurting it. The handler is also careful not to allow it to get near the person trying to help relocate it.
They also wear protective clothing such as gloves, boots, and goggles to prevent bites and venom spray. Although not all of these were used to catch the Rinkhals, you can see the handler wearing protective eye gear in order to avoid getting venom in his eyes! Be sure you trust a professional if you ever come across a cobra in a gutter!
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