The leaping two-headed reptile which was discovered in India carries enough venom to take down an adult elephant with one bite. The snake is reportedly a monocled two-headed cobra which was found in the city of Ekarukhi near the Belda Forest in northeast India.

A herpetologist at the local Forest Department called Kaustav Chakraborty told local reporters that a team has been unable to rescue the two-headed snake.

Allegedly, local villagers hold “mythical beliefs” about the two-headed beast and so wish to protect the animal.

Mr Chakraborty said the reason the snake was born with two heads is “biological”.

He described it has being similar to a human having “two heads or thumbs”.

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Snake attack news: Lethal two-headed cobra discovered which could kill 20 people (Image: GETTY)

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The snake is reportedly a monocled two-headed cobra which was found in the city of Ekarukhi (Image: GETTY)

Mr Chakraborty said keeping the snake in captivity with experts could help the snake’s lifespan.

A local zoologist named Soma Chakraborty said the two-headed cobra were created either when the embryo split or due to environmental factors.

Cobras are also known as Elapids, a poisonous type of snake which has hollowed fangs attached to the top jaw at the front of the mouth.

The cobras are often found in India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Nepal and Thailand.

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Cobras are also known as Elapids, a poisonous type of snake which has hollowed fangs (Image: GETTY) 

In Thailand, it causes around eight deaths a year.

All cobras are venomous and some can move themselves upwards and produce a hood when threatened.

According to LiveScience, a cobra has enough venom to either kill an elephant or 20 people.

Cobras have an impressive sense of smell and night vision.

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Their pupils are rounded and their scales are smooth (Image: GETTY)
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Colours often vary from species to species (Image: GETTY)

Their pupils are rounded and their scales are smooth.

Colours often vary from species to species but they can be red, yellow, black, mottled, banded and many other patterns.

It comes as a deadly sea snake killed a British backpacker after it bit him in Australia.

Harry Evans, 23, was fatally bitten by what is believed to be a black banded sea snake while working on-board the vessel.

Their pupils are rounded and their scales are smooth.

Colours often vary from species to species but they can be red, yellow, black, mottled, banded and many other patterns.

It comes as a deadly sea snake killed a British backpacker after it bit him in Australia.

Harry Evans, 23, was fatally bitten by what is believed to be a black banded sea snake while working on-board the vessel.

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Cobras have an impressive sense of smell and night vision (Image: GETTY)

The young man was working on-board the trawler about 75km broth-east of Bing Bong in Northern Territory’s Gulf of Carpentaria. He was bitten by the killer reptile on October 4 last year.

Mr Evans was folding nets, in which the serpent had become tangled, when he was bitten on the finger.

He was reportedly not wearing gloves when the attack happened.

Standard practice aboard the trawler was to pick up sea snakes by the tail and throw them overboard.

Black-banded sea snakes are ten times more venomous than cobras, but they rarely bite humans.

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