Nilambur: Even the mere mention of king cobra evokes fear. A family here in Kerala's Malappuram district barely escaped from the deadly snake a couple of days ago.
The king cobra was caught from the washing machine at the house of one Sharada at Eranhimangad near Chaliyar on Friday afternoon.
Sharada saw one snake crawling away near the kitchen, but she did not realise that it was the deadly king cobra.
Soon, she alerted her neighbours and one of them promptly informed C T Azees, a member of the Rapid Action Force.
After a long search, the venomous snake was found hiding in the washing machine.
It was caught and later released into the wild.
King cobra is a native of south and southeast Asia. It spread its hood to appear bigger when threatened.
It is capable of raising its head as high as 6 feet off the ground.