KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 4.2-metre long king cobra was captured outside a house near Kota Belud in the early hours of Saturday morning (June 3).
Sabah Civil Defence Department director Kol Mulliadi al-Hamdi said the snake was captured after a woman alerted them to her discovery at about 5am.
He added that the snake was the longest captured in the Kota Belud district
Mr Kol Mulliadi said the woman - Ms Murni Tai of Kg. Suang Punggur - saw the snake when she was walking to her father's house after finishing her sahur meal.
The woman saw an object like a rope, but discovered it was a cobra after shining her flashlight at it and then ran off to alert the authorities.
"Upon reaching, our men saw that the snake was still there and made plans to catch it," he said.
"Our team used the standard snake catching tools and had it captured within half an hour," he said.
The cobra weighing at about 10.8kg has been handed over to the Wildlife Department for further action.
No one was hurt in the incident.