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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cobra vs. Mongoose [video]

The Indian cobra is a species of venomous snake found in the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the big four, species which are responsible for causing the most snakebite cases in India. This snake is revered in Indian mythology and culture and is often seen with snake charmers. It is now protected in India under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

Mongooses (Herpestidae) are a family of 33 species of small carnivorans from southern Eurasia and mainland Africa. The word mongoose is derived from the Marathi name mangus. The Indian Mongoose and others are popularly used to fight and kill venomous snakes, including vipers. They are adept at such tasks due to their agility, cunning, thick coat, and mutated acetylcholine receptors, which render them resistant or immune to snake venom. They typically avoid the cobra and have no particular affinity for consuming its meat.