Aug. 14 (UPI) -- An India man getting ready to put on his shoes had a near-miss with disaster when a baby cobra was found inside one of his sneakers.
The Bhubaneswar man, identified as Rakesh, contacted the Snake Helpline when he picked up his shoe Wednesday morning and spotted a baby cobra inside.
Snake handler Subhendu Mallik said the serpent was a 2-month-old baby monocled cobra. He said the snake was released into a more suitable habitat.
"The snake was a juvenile, but it had enough neurotoxic venom to kill an adult human," Mallik said.
"People should look inside their shoes before putting them on as they are a favorite hideouts for snakes and scorpions," he said.