Equatorial spitting cobra rescued from drain at Sembawang Crescent

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An Equatorial spitting cobra was rescued from a drain near Block 363A Sembawang Crescent on Monday afternoon (Sep 7).

A Stomper alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video and photos of a group of men removing the snake from the drain.

Stomp understands the snake was then handed over to volunteers from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).

In response to a Stomp query, Mr Kalai Vanan, deputy chief executive officer of Acres said Equatorial spitting cobras are native to Singapore and are active in the day, usually seen in the morning hunting for small animals like frogs and lizards.

"This particular individual was safely transferred to our barrel by our two rescue volunteers," he said.

"For venomous snakes, we use snake handling equipment to safely handle the snake.

"Equipment and training aside, we apply a basic principle of compassion towards every animal we handle.

"These animals are simply trying to adapt and survive in our urban jungle and the least we can do is treat them properly when we relocate them.

"We urge members of public not to handle snakes and call us for assistance."

Should you encounter a snake that requires rescue or relocation, call Acres at 9783 7782 or NParks.