Just before releasing the cobra into the wild, the rescuer realised the cobra had laid three eggs in the bag he was carrying it in and called Odisha's Snake Helpline. Subhendu Mallik, the organisation's General Secretary, asked the snake catcher not to release the snake but bring it to the Snake Helpline's office instead so the cobra could comfortably lay its eggs.
Mr Mallik told NDTV he provided a well-ventilated plastic box, lined with newspaper, to allow the cobra to lay its eggs safely. By the time the snake was brought to Snake Helpline's office though, Mr Mallik said it had already laid eight eggs. It went on to lay a total of 23 eggs. Mr Mallik said he filmed the cobra laying eggs because it's typically a sight not seen by snake enthusiasts and conservationists.
The cobra was later released into the wild. The eggs are being artificially incubated for upto 60 days, which is how long snake eggs typically take to hatch. After that, the hatchlings will be released back into the wild.
Footage shot by Mr Mallik shows the mother coiled around the oblong eggs inside the box. The cobra's hood is raised and it often hisses at the camera.
Indian cobra is one of the four venomous snake species found in the Indian subcontinent and is protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Last year, three passionate conservationists stood guard over king cobra eggs for over a hundred days, until they hatched in Kerala's Kannur. They discovered the nest after panicked calls from villagers. The men managed convince them not to destroy the numerous eggs laid by a king cobra. The hatchlings were eventually released deep into the forest. Click for more trending news
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