Rare and deadly albino cobra slithers into house during intense rainstorm

Wildlife specialists in India successfully trapped the white snake and then released it back into the wild.

A residence in India had to be cleared of a highly dangerous and potentially lethal albino cobra after the white snake entered after a heavy downpour.

On May 3, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu state, southern India, neighbors saw a pale cobra crawling out of quickly moving water on the ground and into a tunnel next to the home. After the snake was securely captured by specialists from the Wildlife and Nature Conservation Trust (WNCT), it was put back into the wild.

An albino Indian cobra (Naja naja), measuring 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, was found, according to WNCT officials' Facebook post. The species, sometimes known as spectacled cobras, is one of India's "big four" snake species and is thought to be the cause of the majority of snakebite incidents there.

Animals with albinism, a hereditary disorder, are unable to produce the pigment melanin, which gives their skin, hair, feathers, or scales color. Given that the gene is recessive, both parents must carry it in order to pass it on to their offspring. Albino animals also lack pigment in their irises, resulting in pink or crimson eyes that impair eyesight or render them completely blind. Additionally, their skin is extremely vulnerable to sunburns.

Albinism is often a death sentence for animals. Many young animals in the wild perish as a result of predators spotting them because of their white colouring. The Coimbatore cobra, however, appears to be fully developed and has not been much impacted by its condition based on its size.

Albinism isn't always a drawback, either, at least for some snakes. Researchers tested whether albino or white snakes were more vulnerable to avian predation than snakes of other colors in a study that was published in the February 2022 issue of the journal Zoology. The findings revealed that albinism did not increase the incidence of predation, possibly as a consequence of the birds' confusion over the snakes' skin patterns as a result of their discolouration.

Because of the snake's great venom potential, it was crucial to safely capture it. If not treated right away, their poison "can cause paralysis and even death," according to WNCT reps. Because any misstep might have serious repercussions, it is imperative to handle these snakes with extreme caution and experience.

According to the World Health Organization(opens in new tab), snakebites account for between 81,000 and 138,000 fatalities each year in India.

Cobras are also capable of giving dry bites, which have no venom. An unknown species of cobra bit an 8-year-old child in India in November 2022, causing him to bite the snake in revenge, killing it.