The Taichung City Municipal Tourism Bureau warned hikers to take precautions after a very large cobra was spotted on a trail on Dakeng Mountain last week.
The tourism bureau published pictures and a video of the snake to its Facebook page a few days ago, urging people not to panic if they see a snake, and not to provoke them.
According to a Liberty Times report, an unidentified religious group released snakes in the area a few years ago, and local farmers have reported cobras in bamboo groves and orchards in the area, even occasionally inside farmhouse toilets.
The Municipal Tourism Bureau urged people to use a stick or trekking pole to shake long grass before walking in it, to avoid putting their hands in hollow logs or crevices before close inspection, and to avoid flipping rocks.
The bureau said that if you are bitten by a snake, you should stay calm, and not run. Immediately call 119 for help.
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