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Nepali Man Bites, Kills Cobra Snake

Man Bites Cobra To Death

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/23/12 11:52 AM ET Updated: 08/27/12 10:24 AM ET

A Nepali farmer exacted revenge on a cobra by biting the snake back and killing it after it had attacked him, the BBC reports.

Mohammed Salmodin was working in his rice paddy field in a village about 125 miles south of Kathmandu when he came upon the snake.

"A snake charmer told me that if a snake bites you, bite it until it is dead and nothing will happen to you," Salmodin explained to the BBC.

Family members later convinced Salmodin to go to a hospital for treatment of his bite, but he has since been released, the BBC adds.

Perhaps surprisingly, this is not the first time a person has bitten a snake in defense.

In 2009, a Kenyan farm struggled with a 13-foot python for three hours. The python dragged the man up into a tree, but the man ended up biting the snake on the tail. He was able to call for help on his cell phone as the snake eased its grip.

In an incident last September, a California man also bit a python but his actions were not prompted by an attack. The snake was someone's pet. The man later said he had no recollection of the incident, and he admitted to having a drinking problem. He was arrested for animal cruelty, and the python underwent emergency surgery and survived.

In February, the BBC reported that snake bites are a growing problem around the world. About 5.5 million people are bitten by snakes each year, and the number of deaths could be anywhere between 20,000 and 125,000. Victims living in remote areas often can't easily get medical attention following a bite.