The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in North Cotabato, Philippine confirmed that a baby "king cobra" or "banakon" was caught in Brgy. Singao, Kidapawan City.
According to Parks Wildlife Services Head and Forest Ranger Dario Leydan, the residents saw the snake creeping behind Puro Lodging House near the creek.
It has a length of 2.13 meters or 7 feet and weighing more than two kilograms.
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Consequently, local government of Kidapawan City advised residents to watch carefully for any possible danger, especially in rural areas due to subsequent series sightings of snakes.
PENRO added that snake is aggressive and often appearing as temperature rises during summer.
- A family in the same village recently killed one after it went up in their kitchen.
- A native resident also saw hatchlings near Saguing River.
- A woman also died in the neighboring town of Makilala after being bitten by cobra while picking kaimito (starapple).
The 18 feet King Cobra is the longest on record of captivity.