Expert to conduct research on Kodagu cobras
Renowned researcher and herpetologist, Gowrishankar, of the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station in Shimoga district has said that research work would be taken up on the cobras in Kodagu.
Gowrishankar who was recently at Gonikoppal, said Kodagu district in Karnataka which comes under the Western Ghat region, has favourable climatic condition for cobras as the region receives between 3,500 and 4,000 mm rainfall.
He said: “Our aim is not only to conduct research on cobras, but also to protect them from being killed. Efforts will be made to spread awareness.”
Mr Gowrishankar noted that a survey would be taken up to identify the habitats of cobras in the district. In the second phase, he added awareness will be created through slide shows, seminars and demonstrations.
The King Cobra is probably the longest venomous snake in the world. It is also the only snake that builds a nest to lay eggs.
A book on snakes in Kodagu, authored by herpetologist Satish, has been published by the Coorg Wildlife Society.
The book gives insight into snakes and their habitat. Besides, the book provides scientific information on various types of snakes in Kodagu.
Satish, who is known as ‘snake’ Satish, has made attempts to dispel myth about snakes and the fear that exist among the people about snakes in his book.