Six-Foot Snake Found At UNESCO World Heritage Site Agra Fort

Rising temperatures often force snakes out of their natural habitats to find relief from the heat.

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Six-Foot Snake Found At UNESCO World Heritage Site Agra Fort

The snake was found inside the control room of a sound and light show held at the fort

A nearly six-foot snake was rescued from the Mughal-era Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Tuesday. Authorities alerted animal welfare NGO Wildlife SOS after finding the rat snake in the control room of the sound-and-light show organised at the fort by Uttar Pradesh Tourism.

"The staff was packing up after the evening show when they spotted the snake in the control room," Mr. Akram, Booking Counter Manager at the fort was quoted as saying.

The Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department staff found the rat snake amidst a pile of unused wires inside the control room.

After ensuring that the area was cordoned off, a three-member team carefully transferred the snake into a safe transport container. Although non-venomous, the rat snake are known to be quick and easily excitable, and may bite if threatened. Therefore, the rescuers exercised caution while approaching the snake as they wanted to avoid cornering or alarming it.

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The snake was kept under observation for a few hours and later released into the wild. Rising temperatures often force snakes out of their natural habitats to find relief from the heat.

Last year, a 6-foot-long snake slithered its way into Taj Mahal in search of water and a cool place. The reptile's presence caused panic among tourists at the 17th century monument.

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