King cobras found in Pokhara, Annapurna Region

A King Cobra and its eggs found in Annapurna Region recently. Picture: ACAP–Pokhara: Local people found King Cobra in Kaski’s northern Dangsing Village Development Committee of Gairi Gaun—Patal veer recently. This VDC is situated inside Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). According to ACAP Information Officer Bikhyat Sherchan, the snake was confirmed to be a King Cobra as conservationist Mahendra Katila inspected its nest.

ACAP Ghandruk in-charge Bidur Bikram Kuikel, DSP Gaju Siddhi Bajracharya and Narayan Rupakheti, Management Officer of Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation inspected the site where the cobra is incubating 13 eggs. According to Rupakheti, King Cobra usually lives around dense forest and riversides but rarely goes to human settlements.

Few days ago, conservationists from District Forest Office Kaski released a King Cobra which was rescued with 19 eggs from the premises of Pokhara’s Fishtail Lodge, in Rani Ban along with the Lake Phewa. There is a record that, all total 5 King Cobras were found within a period of 2 years in Pokhara and its surroundings. The snake eater King Cobra is found in sea level to up to 3500 m of elevation.

King Cobra is known as one of the most poisons snakes in the word. Its venom can be used to make medicine against bite by some of the snakes. According to Katila, Kaski district could be an ideal place to observe the King Cobra that would be helpful to promote the tourism of Nepal.

Published on: August 5, 2016 7:51 pm

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