53 king cobras in car: Vietnam police arrest alleged snake smuggler

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam police seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi on Friday and arrested the driver, The Huffington Post reports.

The driver had been paid to transport the snakes, considered a delicacy by many in Vietnam. However, hunting and trading the snakes is prohibited. 

The suspect told police he was paid less than $50 to transport the king cobras, which are the world's longest venomous snake and can grow to 18 feet.

Police reportedly took the snakes to a local wildlife rescue so the snakes could receive medical treatment before being released into the wild.

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