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Cobras slither into homes during this year’s rainy season

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  11:46 am
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Ready to attack: A spitting cobra assumes a spitting and striking position.(JP/Ron Lilley)

The rainy season has arrived, a time know for flooding and mosquito-borne diseases, but this year, a newcomer has slithered onto the list of seasonal hazards. Cobras and their eggs have been found in a number of residential and commercial spaces over the past few weeks. The venomous serpent is apparently breeding rapidly. Cobra eggs, empty shells, cobra hatchlings and adults have been found in unexpected places and have had to be relocated by local fire and rescue agencies. In most of the cases, the snakes were believed to have reached residential areas from a nearby open spaces like ponds, gardens and cemeteries. In Bekasi, within the first two weeks of December alone, the fire and rescue agency caught about 50 cobras in 20 separate incidents. “There were five mother cobras and some 40 hatchlings,” Bekasi Fire and Rescue Agency official Eko Uban said recently, as...