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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

king cobra

The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake. Ophiophagus is a Greek derived word which means "snake-eater" and its diet consists primarily of other snakes, including ratsnakes.Snake in the picture was caught from the labour lanes of a tea estate in Begur range (wayanad district) and was later relocated. rat population near human habitation attract rat snakes which will in turn attracts King cobra. Wet and thick evergreen forests of Begur and Periya are ideal breeding grounds for king cobras.

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