Scared Turkish man kills 'endangered snake'
Ramazan Sancak told the agency that he was leaving his house when he spotted the two-meter-long snake.
“I was scared. I’ve never seen such a huge snake before. I killed it by hitting it with a bat,” he said.
Some 40 snake eggs have reportedly been found around the town, which raised concerns among the locals of Köprübaşı.
Turkey’s Natural Protection and National Parks Administration had declared in 2016 that the species, which is also called the Hopa viper or Caucasus viper, was put under protection.
Locals were advised that they should notify authorities without killing this species of snakes and they should not use pesticides that can risk their lives.