King cobra vs python at MacRitchie

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SINGAPORE – A ferocious battle between a king cobra and a python at MacRitchie Reservoir Park was caught on video by one brave soul last weekend.

In the 36-second clip, the king cobra can be seen preparing to launch a bite on the python, which wouldn’t have survived its predator’s venom.

But the initially slow-moving python suddenly sprang out at the king cobra, which seems to have startled the enemy and sent it slithering back into the bushes.

The video was taken by a resident in the area who was exercising at the park. It was posted on Facebook by his neighbour, Sheldon Trollope yesterday (May 30), and has since garnered over 294,000 views and more than 2,500 shares.

Mr Trollope told AsiaOne that according to those who were at the scene, the python died subsequently – which would mean that the king cobra had managed to inject its deadly venom.

This is not the first sighting of a fight between the two species.

In 2015, a similar incident happened at the Nanyang Technological University campus. A python had wrapped itself around a king cobra, which then broke free and fled. The python was later taken away by pest control.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 17:40

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