An officer from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force(Pertahanan Awam Malaysia) of the Kuala Muda district, Captain Azahar Ahmad, has come out and said that there’s a noticeable rise in snake-catching cases this year compared to last year.

In January and February of 2018, the recorded cases for catching snakes was at 174, but this year the number jumped to 208 cases.

“We’ve come to realise that among the factors leading to the rise of snake catching cases, one of it is the weather being too hot, other factors including the snake’s habitat being disturbed, encroached and destroyed.

“Cases that were reported predominantly involved the Reticulated Phyton and the venomous King Cobra,” said Azahar.

Azahar is advicing people to be alert of their surroundings at all time and to make sure their houses are clean and free of rubbish as that could be a snake’s new habitat.

He also informed people to be careful when they’re putting on their shoes and when using the toilet because these places are prime real estate for snakes to cool off their bodies during the scorching weather.

Make sure your house doors and windows are closed at all times to avoid inviting these unwanted guests.

Also, check under the hood of your car(if you dare) because it’s also a place where snakes are often found trying to beat the heat.

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