She was his first mate. Never had he met a more sensuous member of the other sex. He had wooed her and charmed her; they had just made love. To his dismay, his true nature emerged. He couldn’t help himself as he killed her and then ate her.
King cobras do such things.
- Shilpa Garg for inspiring me to try 55 Fiction on nature with her post of the Tiger. Bopanna Shashidhar’s photo album on King Cobras reminded me of the plight the creature faces.
- User:Forbsey on Wikimedia Commons for the King Cobra image under Creative Commons 3.0 Unported. Click the image or here to reach the upload page.
The scientific name of a King Cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. Ophiophagus means – snake-eater. The King Cobra is a specialist feeder on other snakes and also its own kind.
A documentary film showing a king cobra devouring its female partner on one of the private television channels has turned out to be a bane for the world’s unique radio telemetric project initiated by well known herpetologist Romulus Whitaker to track the movement of the reptile. The Forest Deptt has asked the project to close down citing the showing of a male king cobra eating a female on the show. The project has appealed for the research permit to be renewed.
Read more about it here.
Oh and don’t forget to read “Love still unrequited“.