About an inch shorter than the latest KKR recruit

M.S. Balasubramania, the snake-catcher and conservationist better known as ‘SnakeShyam, displays a seven-feet-long python, reported to be slithering at an apartment near the Infosys campus in Mysore on Tuesday night. The greenish-black reptile, about four years old, weighed nearly 20 kilograms.

Shyam, who has been at it since 1982, handed over the prize catch to the Mysore zoo on Wednesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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