The King Cobra ( Scientific name Ophipohagus Hannah) is highly revered in India .Celebrated in myths and legends they are worshipped on the day of Nag Panchmi.
Native to the Indian Sub Continent and South East Asia it is the largest venomous snake on Planet Earth.
These colourful snake charmers were spotted at the Camel Fair in Pushkar. Keep an eye on the gentleman without the turban. Watch the bag across his shoulder. Do observe the King has his eye on him as well.
The Kind Cobra has wonderful eyesight and smelling capabilities. It is also equipped with a deadly venom, a neurotoxin which attacks the Central Nervous System.
Watch the man without a turban now adorns a bandanna and has set his bag on the sandy soil. The King has honed onto him and is all attention.
The King Cobra is unique as it is the only snake that makes a nest for its eggs.
Myth and legend surround the King and it is said they have a remarkable memory as well.
The basket is now opened and the King Cobra has a companion.
The King Cobra rears upto a third of its length and can grow to a length of 18 feet or 5.5 metres.
The camels do not seem to be concerned with the presence of these snakes in their midst.
As the habitat of the King Cobra shrinks their numbers in the wild are declining. They are known to have a lifespan of about 20 years.
As per The Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972 the actions of the Snake charmers in holding the King Cobra captive are illegal.
It is also cruel as they defang them and keep them for hours in a basket in hot and dry conditions.
Trust you were spellbound by the enchanting King Cobras in Pushkar.