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Keepers milk deadly king cobra in nerve-racking health check

(Courtesy Australian Reptile Park via Storyful)
(Courtesy Australian Reptile Park via Storyful)

SOMERSBY, Australia (STORYFUL) - King cobra ‘Raja’ needed a few keepers to grab hold of him after he struggled to shed his skin.

Keepers said when snakes cannot shed their skin, “eye caps” can remain and cause blindness.

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The deadly snake, measuring in at four meters, was also milked and had a health check. Keepers extracted 471 milligrams of venom.

“This is a massive result considering a tiger snake produces approximately 45-50 milligrams of venom,” the zoo said in an email to Storyful.