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Venomous Snake Hitches Ride in Passenger’s Bag

Venomous Snake Hitches Ride in Passenger’s Bag
Ryan Boyd

On Sunday, a baby Indian krait (a venomous snake) was discovered in a passenger’s baggage by security personnel at Cochin International Airport (COK) after agents conducted a bag check with an X-ray.

The snake-toting passenger was questioned and released after it was determined by authorities that the snake had, unbeknownst to them, stowed away in a bag of potatoes bought from a local farmer.

To read more on this story, go to USA Today.

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  1. FullFare

    November 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Well, a baby krait can kill. Refer readers to a book written by NY author Jamie James entitled “Snake Charmer”. A true story about Dr Joe Slowinski, head curator of the California Academy of Sciences, who was bitten in Myanmar on the very day of 9/11/01 while on a scientific foray into the very wilds of Burma, leading a large expedition to classify new species. Was serialized in the NY Times.

    Slowinski was bitten on the 3rd digit by a baby krait and died horribly from relentless pulmonary failure, whilst his entourage tried to give him mouth to mouth for 24 hrs, with him wide awake for most of it. Slowinski had been careless, by most accounts.

    I recommend the book, which will readily keep one’s interest, and reads fast. Could easily get it on Amazon, published 2008 by Hachette books

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