SPECTACLED COBRA!! I’m sharing this pic again for all the people who are new. Also TODAY the 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia is out on @netflix - thanks to @showrunnerproductions !!! And thank you to @gowrivaranashi for capturing this moment!
I've spent so much time searching. Since 2008 when I first came to India I hoped to find a spectacled cobra and never did. It's been so many years that I stopped hoping. And just this month I've spent SO MUCH time actively searching for snakes and have found nothing. Then when you least expect it - coming back from coffee and mangalore buns in the village - there it is! // I guess some people could play it cool in this situation but I think the picture captures my emotion pretty well - I was beyond stoked. This something I'd always dreamed of seeing.
What an incredible animal. I had no stick going into this encounter and so was just dancing around, trying to stall for time. Thankfully Gowri was on point and like magic I had a stick in my hand. That's when I was able to get a sense of this new snake. The cobra was not interested in playing. She wanted nothing but to go on her way and stay out of trouble. She didn't even really hood up until I got close - otherwise if I had just been walking, she would have just sped off. Throughout the whole thing I had Steve Irwin's voice in my ear: 'You're alright mate, you're alright' .
For me snakes bookend so many amazing days and memories. Of course I love seeing beautiful animals and new species but it ends of being more about who I'm with. I love having the chance to show others. I'll never forget my very first snake (@capozzalo ) First copperhead. First black rat snake in a tree with my mom and dad and sis when I was six years old. First anaconda with (@juanjuliodurandtorres) That boa constrictor in the swamp (@anya_sita @anil_chinnaiah @isha_ela ) First sumatran spitting cobra. And so many others. This time @gowrivaranashi @meeshupork @dilemmakading - we got the show of a lifetime from this awesome cobra. What a great day!
Lastly it was encouraging that local people, villagers and land owners both, seemed to respect the cobra. They were happy to let it go -
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Every day I post the same lizard pic with the clendron filter over it so one day this lizard will be a god and turn into a ball of light
Wow ... what a majestic creature 🙌🏼and you are such a brave man
@m.dockwirsen så bra insta!!!! Följ vettja😍
@tricia_bastian important point - but this snake lived in a farm area and was crossing a road into a schoolyard where there were a dozen villagers. So it was best to move her off before people reacted. Grabbing a picture isn’t such a bad thing. As you can see in my most recent post of the Indian python - there are plenty of snakes that I appreciate from a distance. So it’s good to know the whole story before making judgements. Where are your manners?
Where are your manners ?You said the lady just wanted to go on her way and not get stressed out and waste hard earned calories. The lasting damage of Steve Irwin is that people are not ashamed to hassle animals . #lookdonttouch
@bbreezyanddogs hell nah, that's a big cobra.
As @gowrivaranashi might have told you already, in India there is a lot of respect for cobras and general snakes, as they’re considered Sri Ananta Shesha’s servants. The Lord’s servants. Also, thank you for sharing such an amazing story, your captions are on point, and it’s a delight reading them. Aloha vibes from Oahu.
@mila_maldita always dreamed of seeing one - I was so happy!
Haha look at you with just plain joy...😁😁😁
Awesome picture ... Act like vava suresh😊😍
@bawri_booch mangalore coffee always tastes good 😍
I thought it will be only in Netflix USA and not in Mexico... and just recently they added it here too!!! I’m super happy about this!
Mangalore coffee would have tasted much better after this achievement. 😊
Wow. Just wow!!!
@stellarg818 I kinda wanna yell at him to to put that down now!!!
What an incredible photo, amazing cobra
@dulcebaez imaginate que te paguen por esto we 😢
This is joy
This is crazy, in a Good way 🤗
@_aswinshankar haha there’s a lot of other snakes I need to see first - the danger isn’t what attracts me. Black mamba id be happy to leave alone 😂🙏🙏🙏
@paulrosolie would you want to one day? It's so deadly right. 100% mortality rate.. You're inhuman by the way. 🙏
@_aswinshankar never in the wild -
@bedwards1689 I hope not a martyr lol
Absolutely gorgeous! I love your passion for snakes and how you take their care and protection so serious. You are a martyr!