Wednesday, July 13, 2011

King Cobra

Just 10-12 years back sighting of King Cobras was very rare. There were many myths revolving around these snakes. (It has a pearl on it's head which emits light in the night etc.) But in the last 10-12 years the sighting and the King Cobras entering the village and domestic ares have been increased to a large extent. In 2000 when a KC entered our farm house it became a very big news. Local transportation buses stooped near by our farm to see the KC.
But in the last couple of years sighting has become so common that when 2 months back a KC appeared near my in laws home there were hardly a few people to see that. In fact except me(who went to there to photograph) there were no outsiders. 

 Capturing the KC-
Since KCs are considered sacred in our part of world we don't kill them.In my in-laws home they called snake expert to capture it. Later it was released in the thich forest in the foothills of Kodachadri.
Below is the image of 2 KCs indulging in combat dance taken in 2009.

The scarcity of food in the forest ( mainly rodents) might have forced them to enter the human zone.
Anyone who can through more light on it?