A woman in India was caught on camera lying calmly on a cot as a snake slithered on top of her.

Netizens were shocked to see the hair-raising video on social media, which has racked up more than 37,000 views, according to Indian Express.

The clip, shared by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, showed the large reptile slithering over the woman, who continues to lie in the cot whilst saying something in the local language.

The woman was identified as Bhagamma Hanamantha, a farmer living in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to Dajiworld. She reportedly realized a cobra had climbed on her back with its hood hovering up in the air, while she was lying outside her house.

Hanamantha barely made a move, but began praying for protection, the outlet reported. A calf was seen tied-up a few feet away from her in the viral video.

It reportedly took about an hour before the snake left the cot and slithered away. The reptile did not cause any harm to Hanamantha or the calf.

"When this happens, what would be your reaction??" Nanda wrote on Twitter. "For information, the snake moved away after few minutes without out causing any harm...
(As received from a colleague)."

The video was flooded with comments from surprised social media users.

"Rather than asking - 'what would be your reaction' .. the real question n answer might be - to react or not react.. might b better to not react in this case," one user wrote, while another added, "I will die with heart attack if I am in that situation."

"Would def not take video and try and make it viral..just wondering who was the brilliant chap shooting the clip?" asked one netizen.

"Who ever it was, he wud'nt [sic] have done anything more," said one comment. "Becoz a little disturbance wud have put the womans life at risk. The best bet was only to lay still."

"I have heard such incidents from my grandmother. When houses had thatched roofs, firewood stores in corner snakes including Cobras moved around & left the place unharmed if not confronted or scared. They normally come looking for rats or frogs if in open," another said.

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