A snake expert last week rescued a beautiful banded krait from a village pond in northeastern India. Locals called for help after spotting the 5.5-foot (1.6-metre) reptile swimming around in the water near their homes in Jajpur in Odisha state. The rescuer travelled to the village and waited several hours until the 1.5-kilo snake swam to the side of the pond so that he could haul it onto dry land. The expert later released the reptile in a natural environment far from humans. Although shy, banded kraits have a powerful venom that is easily capable of killing an adult human.
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