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Snake on a train: Indonesian kills serpent with bare hands

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 2:28pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 4:30pm

An Indonesian man who used his bare hands to kill a snake that was discovered slithering on a busy commuter train has become an internet hero.

The train made an emergency stop after the reptile was spotted lurking on a baggage rack in a carriage headed to Jakarta from Bogor, south of the capital.

Video of the incident, which quickly went viral, showed the man casually snatch the snake’s tail and then smash its head on the floor in a violent whipping motion.

The creature was apparently killed instantly as shocked spectators – including a baton-wielding transit security guard – kept their distance.

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The unidentified man then tossed its limp body, which appeared to be about one metre long, out of the door to waiting security staff.

It is not clear what kind of serpent it was or whether it was venomous. No injuries to passengers were reported.

Train operator KCI said the reptile is thought to have slithered out of a passenger’s bag.

“We regret the incident and apologise to train travellers who were disturbed by it,” spokeswoman Eva Chairunnisa said.

It is not uncommon to see livestock or pets travelling on public transport in rural Indonesia, but passengers are prohibited from taking animals on urban transport lines.