Snake in Orissa Assembly finally caught

According to Assembly sources, the 14-inch in length coffee colour snake was caught by the Assembly staff while the reptile was moving on the floor just behind the Speaker’s chair.

Non-poisonous

The snake, however, turned out to be a common wolf snake, a non-poisonous one and not a cobra as claimed by some of the sweepers of the Assembly who had first seen the snake near the chair of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last Thursday.

The development is expected to bring a sigh of relief among the legislators when the Assembly will sit again on Monday.

The forest department personnel, the police, and the members of Snake helpline, a Bhubaneswar-based NGO, had not been able to trace the snake last Thursday despite a thorough search.

On Friday as well as on Saturday, a team of doctors as well as Snake helpline volunteers had to remain present in the Assembly as the members feared that the snake which had disappeared may emerge anytime. “The Speaker had instructed us to remain present in the Assembly till the snake is caught,” a snake helpline volunteer said.

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