A King Cobra at the Pilikula Biological Park in Mangaluru has laid 38 eggs which were bred under artificially created conditions. The park resumed captive breeding of King Cobras after a gap of more than a decade.
About Pilikula Biological Park
- The Pilikula Biological Park is the only zoo in India to get permission from the Central Zoo Authority for captive breeding of King Cobras. The project was first sanctioned in 2010-11, and for the second time in 2021-22.
- The life span of King Cobras in the wild is usually 16 years. But, the number goes up under captive conditions. One King Cobra lived in Pilikual Park for up to 22 years.
- A king cobra is the longest of the world’s venomous snakes. They can grow up to 13 feet, according to National Geographic, and are found mostly in south and southeast Asia. They eat small mammals, lizards and birds, and its venom is powerful enough to kill an elephant.
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