Cobra bites Farmer. Farmer bites cobra back. This kills the cobra.

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Let this be a warning to cobras everywhere: if you bite Mohammed Salmodin Miya in his rice paddy, you better hope it kills him, and quickly, because he will find you. He will bite you. And he will continue biting you until one of you is dead.

"When I realised that a snake had bit me," Miya explained to the BBC matter-of-factly, "I went home to get a torch and saw that it was a cobra. So I bit it to death."

Accounts seem to vary on why Miya opted for a tit-for-tat countermeasure. "A snake charmer told me that if a snake bites you, bite it until it is dead and nothing will happen to you," Miya told the BBC; but Reuters reports the decision to chomp the cobra was made in the heat of the moment:

"I could have killed it with a stick, but bit it with my teeth instead because I was angry."


Police report that Miya — who was treated for his wound, but showed no risk of dying — would avoid charges, on account of the snake not being among the kinds that were endangered in the region.

[BBC + Reuters]

Photo Credit: Annapurna Post

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Did I read the article right.... that "charges" aren't going to be made against him because the snake was not an endangered species. So, does that mean that... had the snake been on the endangered species list the government would have arrested and charged him with a crime even though he was bitten? I've always been under the impression that if a wild animal were to bite you... it would be advisable to bring the animal with you so that tests could be made on it to determine whether or not it has diseases or to properly identify it for anti-venom purposes.