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.
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.
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?
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
It's very interesting to see how the ants (or any insects like bees, wasps) build their nests. They build huge nests no where related to their size. I am always amazed to see how they choose certain set of leaves among thousands of leaves, how they bend those leaves, how they stitch those leaves etc. While stitching some of the ants strongly hold the lower leaf from their legs and pull the upper leaves from their mouth.
some ants act as guards who always watch the predators coming near. When I was trying to make images holding my camera in front of them they were closely watching me.
Some ants act as supervisors who checks works of each ant.