Man Has Revenge By Biting Venomous Snake to Death After It Attacked Him

A man in India had his revenge by biting a venomous snake to death after it attacked him.

Salim Khan had been working in a paddy field in the village of Darada in the state of Odisha when a cobra attacked him, Kalinga TV reported.

Instead of immediately seeking medical attention, Khan grabbed the snake and bit it back. The next villagers saw of the man, he was parading the now-dead snake around his neck. The man did not appear to be in any pain following the alleged bite.

"We saw Salim going on his bicycle with the dead cobra around his neck. It is disturbing," a witness told Sambad English.

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This stock photo shows a cobra. A man in India bit and killed a cobra after it had initially bitten him. skynavin/Getty

Khan claimed that instead of seeking professional medical attention, he overcame the venomous bite by using magic, the news outlet reported.

Cobras are among the most dangerous snakes found in India. The country is home to the king cobra, as well as various other species such as the Indian cobra.

A cobra's venom is not as potent as some other snakes but they are known for delivering a huge amount of neurotoxin in just one bite. The species can administer two tenths of a fluid ounce at one time. This means just one bite from the snake could kill 20 people.

The venom attacks the medulla oblongata—the respiratory control center in the brain. This can cause cardiac failure and respiratory arrest.

Snakes occasionally deliver dry bites. This is a bite in which no venom is administered. Some species are more prone to this than others.

For example, the Australia eastern brown snake is incredibly venomous but the majority of their bites have no venom, meaning they will not kill a person. But taipans, another Australian snake, hardly ever inflict dry bites.

It is not clear what type of cobra bit the man but king cobras tend to be more cautious, and are less likely bite than the small species.

Some believe that "magic" and the use of certain herbs can cure snakebites but experts have strongly urged against such practices with some scientists dubbing them as harmful and dangerous.

However, people claiming to practice magic are still occasionally called to hospitals to treat patients of snake bites.

A high portion of deaths caused by snake bites occur in rural areas in India, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This largely because of people in these areas not having access to immediate medical treatment.

According to WHO data, about 5 million snakebites occur in India each year, which are responsible for between 81,000 and 138,000 deaths.

Out of the 5 million snake bites, 2.7 million people receive envenoming treatment. However, antivenom treatment can cause complications—according to the WHO, antivenom is responsible for 400,000 amputations and disabilities every year.

Newsweek has contacted the Odisha state forest department for more information.