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Video: Snake On A Train: Fearless Man Kills Snake With Bare Hands

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23/11/2017 10:55 SAST | Updated 23/11/2017 11:03 SAST
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The deadly venomous but beautiful eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis)

An Indonesian man who used his bare hands to kill a snake that was discovered slithering on a busy commuter train has become an Internet hero.

The train made an emergency stop after the reptile was spotted lurking on a baggage rack in a carriage headed to Jakarta from Bogor, south of the capital.

Smartphone footage, which quickly went viral, showed the bespectacled man casually snatch the snake's tail and then smash its head on the floor in a violent whipping motion.

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The creature was apparently killed instantly as shocked spectators – including a baton-wielding transit security officer – kept their distance.

The unidentified man wearing a backpack then tossed its limp body, which appeared to be about one metre long, out the door to waiting security staff.

It is not clear what kind of serpent it was, or whether it was venomous. No injuries to passengers were reported.

Train operator KCI said the reptile is thought to have slithered out from a passenger's bag. "We regret the incident and apologise to train travellers who were disturbed by it," spokesperson Eva Chairunnisa told AFP.

It is not uncommon to see livestock or pets travelling on public transport in rural Indonesia, but passengers are prohibited from taking animals on urban transport lines.