The king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, is the largest venomous snake in the world, reaching to a length of up to 5.85m. Indiscriminate killings of king cobras at an alarming rate in the Eastern Ghats of India due to fear and ignorance is a serious threat to the species which might lead to local extirpation if left unattended. Local people have been killing them on sight unnecessarily out of fear and false-beliefs throughout the northern Eastern Ghats region of Andhra Pradesh.
Our Team has observed as many as 30 adult king cobras deaths since last three years as a result of redundant killings at different location across the northern Eastern Ghats region of Andhra Pradesh state in South India. Download this PDF to learn more:
Indiscriminate Killing of King Cobras in the Eastern Ghats
Many more killings go unnoticed. This indicates a deep intolerance among people and lack of measures to prevent such incidents. Baseline data about the species from the region is also rudimentary. The species could be wiped out from the region if this rate of mortality continues.