Snakes cause a stir among residents in Batu Pahat, Kota Tinggi

JOHOR BAHRU (May 29): The appearance of three snakes caused a stir among residents in Batu Pahat and Kota Tinggi on Wednesday.

Corporal Rahimah Daim of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force in Kluang said, a 2m long king cobra was captured at Taman Sri Mewah, near Simpang Renggam, at about 6pm on Wednesday.

“Four personnel were despatched to the location soon after a member of the public alerted us that the venomous snake was coiled under a parked vehicle on a road shoulder. As it was aggressive it took us about half an hour to capture and restrain it,” she said in a statement here yesterday.

The 12kg reptile was later handed over to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) for further action, she added.

Meanwhile personnel of the State Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) were also kept busy capturing snakes when they received distress calls from residents in Kota Tinggi and Batu Pahat, who had spotted a python and a black cobra, this morning.

Sungai Rengit Fire and Rescue station operations commander, Rizal Aspar said a 2m long python was detected inside a chicken coop at Jalan Lembing Tiga, Teluk Ramunia near Kota Tinggi, at 8.18am yesterday.

“The 5kg snake was captured with a snake tong and later released in the wild, away from residential areas,” he said in a statement here.

Meanwhile a house owner at Jalan Laksamana, Parit Besar, near Batu Pahat alerted the fire station at 9.42am yesterday after he spotted a black cobra in the vicinity.

Penggaram Fire and Rescue station operations commander, Zulfadli Ahmad said five rescuers were rushed to the scene.

“The 15kg and 1.5m long snake was found under the roof of a Buddhist shrine. We captured it with a snake grabber and later released it at an area away from human habitation,” he said.

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