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Agumbe and Cobra Research

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The king cobra is a fascinating animal and unlike any other snake. I was lucky to come up close with the some absolutely amazing aspects around this wonderful animal.

For instance, breeding season of the king cobras is usually after February and male cobras travel miles from their home range in search of a female. In fact, four to five cobras vie for the female cobra’s attention and this usually sees fights among the male cobras. I met with Ajay Giri at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) who gave me several insights into the largest snake in the country.

Ajay Giri, Field Director at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS)
Ajay Giri, Field Director at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS)

Fact File

  • Agumbe is 346 kilometers away from Bangalore and can be accessed via road, rail (nearest railhead at Udupi 55 km away) and air (nearest airport at Mangalore 100 km away)
  • Best time to visit is between October to February.

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