Monday, April 11, 2016

King Cobra, the King

King Cobra, the King

Lion is the King of the Jungle. But there are other kings too; king peacock, king wild boar, king deer, king vulture, etc. Each king is special, who commands and carry special rights of mating and eating. King Vulture has a right put the first cut to open the dead body. They rule their pride and the territory. Each species has a leader, the King, that commands and dominates over the pride for some months or few years, till another mighty defeats him. Might is the right, the rule of the jungle. 

In reptiles, King Cobra is the King of the snakes. It is the longest venomous snake with a length up to 14-18 feet. It can rise up to 7 feet and lift the hood. It is the most poisonous snake. Even a day old snakelet carry poison that can kill an adult human. 

Generally snakes eat rodents, frogs, lizards, etc. But King Cobra preys only live snakes. In Zoo, the administration faces the challenge of collecting and serving live snakes to this King everyday. The King survives at the cost of the lives of other snakes.

The venom (toxins) affects the central nervous system, starts with drowsiness, paralysis, cardiovascular problem, coma, failure of respiratory system and death. Therefore, in snake bite cases, the victim is kept in consciousness till the anti-venom treatment is started.

There are two types of snakes; neurotoxic and hemoerotic. Neurotoxins of Cobra are destructive to nerve tissues. Hemotoxins of Vipers destroy the RBCs, causes hemolysis, disrupt blood clotting, damage tissues, organ failure. The process by which a hemotoxin causes death is much slower than that of a neurotoxin. 

Gujarat has a hill station named Saputara (abode of serpents). The river is named Sarpganga. It has snakes of both the varieties, the cobras and the vipers. One has to move carefully in the remote areas during monsoon. The tribal worship snakes and the river. 

80-85 percent snakes are non venomous. But some times, after the bite, the fear of death put the heart in racing and bring death of the victim. Panic people die of fright and unnecessary treatment after being bitten by a non-poisonous snake. 

In villages in India, there are people who cure snake bite cases with mantras. As 80-85% snakes are non poisonous, therefore, they succeed. Many times the faith of the victims cure themselves. People respect Babas as God who save life of the snake bite victims. 

Have you seen Pipal leaf? It has long tip and it is used for snake bite treatment. How? Poke the tip of the leaf down the ears and keep it rotating till the person comes into full consciousness. This may be useful in neurotoxic bite as it is important to keep the victim in consciousness. 

Have you tried poking thread down the ears of someone during school days? Poking the Pipal leaf down the ears may save someone's life till the anti-venom treatment is started.

Don't forget, poking tip/finger down the ears of a friend. Don't try poking finger down the ears of the King Cobra! You can't, because, snakes don't have ears. They can't hear sound but feel the vibrations. So you may vibrate only. Lol.

11 April 2016


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