At least 3 King Cobras rescued by Manglutan forest team

Report by: 
Port Blair
2 Apr 2018

Forest officials from the Manglutan Forest range rescued atleast three King Cobras from different areas under its jurisdiction last month. Led by Ranger, Neelam Purti, the forest workers handed over all the rescued venomous snakes to the Range Officer (Protection), Mini Zoo, Haddo.
On the 31st of last month, the forest team armed with snake catching equipments rescued a 2.3 mtr long King Cobra weighing around 4 kilos from the side drain of a house belonging to one Ajit Adhikari, resident of Guptapara. Acting on another distress call, the forest team captured another lethal cobra measuring 2.7 mtrs and weighing around 3.5 kilos from the Poultry Shed of one Pushparajan, resident of Wandoor on 24th, while on the 17th of last month, another 2.5 mtr long King Cobra weighing around 5 kilos was rescued from the verandah of the house of Mr Bikas, a resident of Manglutan.
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.