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Fearless ‘snake king’ locks horns with 400 cobras for 40 days – the ultimate reptilian showdown



Renowned snake charmer’s death-defying feat ends in tragedy, leaving behind a serpent legacy

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In a daring feat that would make most of us shudder, a legendary snake charmer once braved 40 days locked in a room with 400 cobras. Ali Khan Samsudin, also known as the ‘Snake King,’ etched his name into the annals of audacious stunts, facing off against a multitude of perilous creatures, from scorpions to snakes.

The Malaysian maestro of the slithering spectacle reached the pinnacle of his notoriety in the early 1990s when he embraced the challenge of spending 12 hours a day for 40 days in close quarters with 400 cobras. His uncanny ability to dance with danger earned him the moniker ‘Snake King,’ and his audacity knew no bounds – he even dared to plant a kiss on these deadly reptiles.

In 1997, Samsudin added another feather to his cap, securing a Guinness World Record by enclosing himself in a box with a staggering 6,000 scorpions for an impressive three weeks.

Despite numerous fang encounters throughout his career – a predicted 99 bites – it was a fateful snake bite in 2006 that brought the curtain down on this audacious performer.

Samsudin met his demise after a king cobra sunk its venomous fangs into his left hand during a performance in Kuala Lumpur. Despite his son, Amjad Khan, asserting that his father had taken such bites in stride before, this particular incident proved fatal.

Khan, following in his father’s footsteps, expressed, “This is a trade that has been passed down for five generations. It is our way of life, and we can’t imagine doing anything else.” However, he admitted struggling with fear after the tragic incident.

The death of the ‘Snake King’ in 2006, at the age of 48, was a blow to the family, leaving behind a legacy that spans five generations. Khan, after initial reluctance, embraced the family tradition under the urging of his mother and relatives, recognizing the historical significance of the ‘Snake Kings’ daring acts.

As the saga of the ‘Snake King’ unfolded, one thing remains clear – a serpent legacy, defined by audacity and danger, continues to captivate imaginations and stir emotions, even after Samsudin’s final performance.


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