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Snakes on a Train Trigger Cobra Terror in Vietnam June 3, 2011
King cobra in the sunlight
Officials say patrols will be increased in trains, restaurants and highways to prevent future snake smuggling.
Passengers on a Vietnamese train traveling between Ho Chin Minh City and Hanoi panicked when a conductor discovered four sacks filled with an unknown number of highly venomous king cobras wriggling beneath a seat.

The snakes’ mouths had been stitched shut for transport. Snake meat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam, often served in restaurants, but cobras are protected by law.

The reptiles on rails were eventually released un-gagged into the wild, but officials said the smugglers apparently escaped during the panic.

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