Three King Cobras rescued from Webi

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KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
26 Mar 2018

With mercury levels on the rise, encounters with venomous snakes are being reported from different parts of these islands. In successive acts, staff of the Forest Department rescued three lethal King Cobras from Kharanallah area near Webi, Mayabunder in North Andaman recently. On Monday, Forest Guard, Ram Prakash and a daily rated worker, Saw Toobawo, rescued a King Cobra from the house of one Biju Godwin, resident of Kharanallah while two others were rescued from the same area a couple of days ago.
According to reports, the rescue operation was launched after information was received from the house owner on Monday. The King Cobra was spotted behind the house of Biju Godwin after which the forest workers reached the spot with snake catching equipments. The forest team managed to catch the reptile and later released into the protected forest area.
The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.5 m. The species, which preys chiefly on other snakes, is found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. Despite the word "cobra" in its name, this snake is not a member of Naja ("true cobras") but belongs to its own genus and is considered to be a very dangerous snake.