King Cobras smuggled in potato chip cans

A huge smuggling racket was busted in California, USA, on July 25 when customs agents caught a package containing three live King Cobras inside potato chip cans. Sharing the explicit details of the scam, the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office, released a press release saying, “Rodrigo Franco, 34, who was set to receive the package, has been arrested on federal charges.”

According to the National Geographic website, the king cobra, also known as Ophiophagus hannah, is the longest venomous snake, reaching up to 18 feet (5.5 metres) in length. When confronted, king cobras can raise up to one-third of their bodies off the ground, flare out their hoods and emit a “bone-chilling” hiss before attacking.