Karwar: A video of a spectacled Cobra devouring another has gone viral in Ankola and Karwar, much to the surprise of the people.
Cannibalism is known among only a few species of snakes particularly the King Cobra. But it does exist among the common spectacled cobra also, which came to light at Ankola on Tuesday.
Sukru Manugouda, a native of Honnebail village who was relaxing in his house heard a ‘hiss’ noise. Understanding what it was, he immediately jumped to his feet. It did not take too long for him to discover that this was a fight between two snakes.
Since the incident took place in his garden, he immediately called up Mahesh Naik- the snake rescuer from Awarsa village near Ankola. “I hurried to the spot along with my son. They were two huge snakes which fought each other for one hour and after a long time one held the, probably after it killed it. To our surprise it started devouring the other and within minutes it devoured it completely,” Mahesh.
Mahesh said that even as he tried to prevent the crowd, the people who had gathered here started shooting with their mobile phones and disturbing the reptile. “They pressurized me to catch it and release it somewhere else. I tried hard telling him that it will go on its own and the cobra should not be disturbed. But the owner of the land was adamant about taking it away and he himself tried to move it with help of a stick. I thought it would be wise if I take the lead and help the reptile and took it away,” he said.
Naik said that not many people do not know that some snakes eat their own species like this Cobra did, but the same is not known to people. They need to be taught how to react during such incident.
Manjunath Naik, a wildlife expert from Gadag said that cannibalism among the snakes is a rare phenomenon and happens accidently. “Cannibalism is not intentional. It is rather Opportunistic. The winning snake if it is Hungry will feed upon it for survival,” he said.
Adding to it, Mahesh Naik said that once the snake feeds on such a huge prey, it will survive without eating for at least three months.