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Archive for September, 2012

The bite of the Cobra

Kali pulled out this fella from the burrow and he was quiet for sometime.

All the while, there was hissing and the hooded warning. I was waiting for the moment when he would charge. Missed the moment thrice when the snake tried to strike. Finally caught this one.

Though with the movement, the snake has become blurred. I accept that I am slower than the snake but still could manage this much.

For the educative part – Google for Indian snake bite protocol 2007. That suggests you on ways to treat snakebites in India.

Nothing else works! Read about it. They are common. They are venomous. They attack when they are threatened/disturbed. They are dangerous. They are adorable. They are the apex predators. They have to be respected. They deserve to live. They provide us food.

Naja naja (Indian Spectacled Cobra)

One of the fascinating snakes of the Indian subcontinent.

Majestic and venomous. One of the medically important snakes of India

Common vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta)

A snake that is found on the low bushes and trees, but rarely found on the ground. Usually eats insects, birds, and rodents. One specimen was found feeding on a shieldtail snake.

Common myt
h has it that the snake will target the eyes of a human. Hence, it is called as “Kan kotthi paambu (கண்கொத்திப் பாம்பு). It does so, because it thinks that your eyes are insects. The eyeballs keep moving and that makes the snake think that those are insects.

Again, people think that the snake is non-venomous. However, it is mildly venomous. No. It won’t kill a human but is to subdue the prey.

When they are angry, they usually keep their mouth open.

Nilgiri Langur

The Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is a lutung (a type of Old World monkey) found in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats in South India. Its range also includes Kodagu in Karnataka,Kodayar Hills in Tamil Nadu and many other hilly areas in Kerala and Tamil nadu. This primate has glossy black fur on its body and golden brown fur on its head. It is similar in size and long tailed like the gray langurs. Females have a white patch of fur on the inner thigh. It lives in troops of five to 16 monkeys. The animal is often seen encroaching into agricultural lands. Its diet consists of fruits, shoots and leaves. The species is endangered due to deforestation and poaching for its fur and flesh, the latter believed to have aphrodisiac properties.

Pollachi – Nature’s lap

This was taken near Sultanpet. It was a sunny morning. The trees were beautiful, sky was enchanting, and the road was empty. Walked to the middle of the road and made this image.

Chalakudy river

The amount of water flowing thru this river converges in a steep gorge to fall as the Athirampilly waterfall. I was instantly envious on kerala. Indeed, God’s own country! 🙂

Pebble river, Valparai

The pebble river in Valparai (கூழாங்கல் ஆறு).

This is one of the tributaries of the Nadumalai river that runs down and drains into the Upper Sholayar reservoir.

Sholayar runs down and joins with Karappara river to drain into the Chalakudy river, which after crossing the Poringalkuthu reservoir, crashes down in Vaazhachal and Athirappilly as majestic waterfalls.