North Cotabato farmer survives king cobra attack

July 29, 2010 11:34 am 

MAKILALA, North Cotabato, July 29 – A rubber farmer in this remote town survived a king cobra attack and successfully killed his attacker Wednesday.

Rickson Ajero, a local radio technician, said the farmer who refused to be identified, was tending his rubber trees when he noticed a two-meter long king cobra rushing toward him at about 3 p.m. in Barangay Felomina.

Police said the farmer used his "lagaraw" (bolo) in executing the attacking king cobra.

"I saw the snake flying toward me so I ward off my bolo, hitting him in the head and fell," Ajero quoted the farmer who finished off the fallen snake.

He then brought the snake to the municipal health office for custody.

More than a dozen farmers have been killed by king cobra attacks in Makilala and in nearby towns of Bansalan in Davao del Sur this year.

King cobra is locally known "banakon" and considered as the most dangerous and highly poisonous snake loitering in rubber and banana plantations. It usually stayed at wet and humid environments such as forested areas, rubber plantation, bamboos and swampy areas.

In Bansalan, captured king cobras have been mummified for students to study.

Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said he is contemplating of preserving the serpent as an attraction for tourists.

Ajero said the snake head look likes a fist of a mature person which diamond in shape and have unblemished scales from its head to the tip of its tail.

The serpent according to Ajero is eight feet long and about 15-20 kilos in weight.

“This could even kill two people at a time when it will suddenly attack,” Ajero claimed. (PNA)

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