73-year-old woman uses shovel to kill cobra

By mbrooks on June 27, 2019
File – A King Cobra is displayed to the public at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm on August 2, 2016 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By Matthew Brooks

A Pennsylvania woman heard some blue jays making unusual noises outside of her home. The woman, Kathy Kehoe, looked outside to see a cobra snake on her patio.

Kehoe told her local news when the cobra raised up and spread its hood she knew it was a cobra, according to ABC 6. She decided to kill it.

But first, she took a photo of it.

“I knew what I was doing was dangerous, I’m not a fool,” Kehoe told the news.

The cobra was four to five feet long, according to official’s estimates.

Her apartment complex was host to many snakes recently. It is the same place where officials found and removed 20 venomous snakes from another apartment in March. Officials did not confirm that the cobra Kehoe killed was among the snakes from the area.

Cobras have the ability to spit deadly venom from several feet away.

Wildlife experts recommend against approaching and attacking cobras like Kehoe did.

America is home to two native types of cobra snakes: two species of coral snakes.

Coral snakes in North America are have brightly colored bands in a red-yellow-black pattern. They are usually non-confrontational and shy. A coral snake’s venom is deadly to humans.


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