Cobra Wraps Itself Around 6-Year-Old Girl’s Neck for Two Hours, She Survives

by Matthew Memrick

A six-year-old Indian girl survived a cobra wrapping itself around her neck last weekend.

Several news outlets reported on the near-fatal incident in Maharashtra, India, on Sunday.

According to Newsweek, the snake also bit the girl as a snake handler separated the two.

The incident was captured in a two-hour clip by a local news outlet and broadcast the next day.

Girl Sat Still For Two Hours

The International Business Times reported that Purvi Gadkari laid still on a mattress for two hours to avoid certain death.

In the video, the cobra wrapped tightly around the girl’s neck.

The family called for a snake charmer, who worked on extricating the girl from the snake. During the ordeal, the cobra expanded its hood. According to snake experts at the San Diego Zoo, the animal flexes its hood when threatened. 

At the end of the incident, two accounts had different stories on the cobra bite. The International Business Times reported that the cobra bit the girl when she moved and slithered away. The Times of India blamed the snake charmer, saying the snake bit the girl when the charmer approached.

Newsweek didn’t take a side, but fortunately, the girl survived the bite after being rushed to a hospital.

In 1972, India banned snake charming, but many snake charmers still work unofficially.

Cobras Everywhere In India

According to Insider, cobras in the country kill close to 10,000 a year. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 7,000 to 8,000 people suffer venomous snake bites each year. However, of that number, only five die.

Snakes shoot venom from their fangs in the biting process. That venom can be fatal if not treated fast for humans.

Cobra venom attacks the nervous system, according to herpetologists.

National Geographic reported that a single bite (up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce) is enough to kill 20 people or even an elephant. 

According to Live Science, a victim can go into cardiac failure or respiratory arrest with venom. Other symptoms can be problems with vision, problems with swallowing or speaking, and skeletal muscle weakness. Victims also suffer additional issues with breathing, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Venomous Snakes In The United States

Want to escape a venomous snake in the United States? It’s pretty tough.

There are 30 species, including 23 kinds of rattlesnakes, three kinds of coral snakes, two cottonmouth, and two copperheads.

At least one venomous snake species is in every state except Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska. That’s according to The website says no snakes in Alaska. Other websites say Rhode Island, but not Connecticut or Massachusetts?

But if you believe they don’t cross state lines, I have some swampland to sell you.