New Delhi: A 13-foot-tall king cobra that had infiltrated a palm oil farm was caught by a snake catcher in Andhra Pradesh. The incident was reported by DD News on Instagram with a photo of the snake catcher named Venkatesh, who held the snake in his hand.
The news channel tweeted in Telegu, “On Sunday, a 13-foot-tall Kodetrachu (king cobra) entered the palm oil plantation of a farmer named Saidarao near Ghat Road in the zone.”
The thread explained the ordeal – “He provided information over the phone to snake catcher Venkatesh, a member of the Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society. After a while, Venkatesh reached the garden and … cunningly caught the King cobra. It was then put in a gonad bag and left in the Vantlamamidi forest area.” Reacting to the thread, a user commented: “Wow. That’s very big.”
King cobra is one of the most venomous snakes on the planet and can grow up to 18 feet in length and is the longest of all snakes.
In India, king cobras are usually found in the Western Ghats, West Bengal and the Terai region. When a king cobra was sighted in Himachal Pradesh in June 2021, the forest department said it was the first time the snake had been sighted or documented in the state.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed king cobras on the Red List of threatened species. The IUCN did it in 2010 to protect king cobras from going extinct. The dangers faced by the reptile are too many and their habitats are destroyed due to heavy deforestation. Other than this, king cobras are also collected for the international pet trade and hurt by humans for their reputation of being violent and attacking. Indian government implants microchips in captive king cobras to see if the snakes have been abducted or otherwise.