Don’t fear the king cobra, says expert

When you spot a king cobra, no matter how petrfied you are, stay put. Don’t run for cover, is herpetologist SnakeSatish’s advice.

The king cobra, he says, is a shy creature. “When we walk in the forests, the reptile catches the earth’s vibration and moves away from it,” he explains. Satish works as a warden and estate manager in CoorgPublic School, Gonikoppal

Popularly known as Snake Satish, he has captured 42 king cobras in the past eight years in Kodagu. Most of them have been freed into the forests. The snakes have been caught from houses and estates. Most of his catches were from Karike, Padi, Perambadi Cherambane, Heggala, Shanthalli and Kundalli areas.

The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world’s longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.6 m (18.5 ft).


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