Mangaluru: Pilikula biological park here has taken up a mission to conserve King Cobras. Out of the 38 King Cobra eggs, 9 were hatched on 9 July. Pilikula is the only zoo in India to conduct the reproduction of King Cobras using artificial environments.
The mating between the Nagappa, a male cobra from the zoo and Nagini, an eight-year-old cobra, resulted in the production of 38 eggs.
The mating takes around 30-40 days and almost 76 days for the eggs to be hatched. The newborns will be cared for and fed before being released into the forest. The snakelets will be 1.5 feet long, and adults will be 12-18 feet long.
The life expectancy of cobras is 16 years, but they can live longer in artificial environments. According to experts, destruction of the eggs by ants and fungus, which is common in forests is very less in such artificial environments. Similar activities were conducted in the park during 2010-11, and 65 cobra snakelets were reproduced. The zoo authorities reported that the snakes were released into the woods after one year, and the project was 99 per cent successful.