Karnataka

Indian egg-eating snake spotted in Bukkapatna

A two ft-long Indian egg-eating snake has for the first time been spotted in Bukkapatna forest in Sira taluk of Tumakuru district.

The rare species which is found in the Indian subcontinent — and only eats birds eggs — was spotted by members of WARCO (Wildlife Awareness and Reptile Conservation Organisation), Akshaya, Sachin and their team on August 2 around 11 p.m. in Bukkapatna forest.

Karthik, a member of WARCO, told The Hindu, “It is a rare species of egg-eating snake found in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. In India, it is found in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and Karnataka. This is the first time the Indian egg-eating snake has been spotted in Bukkapatna forest.” He added that the snakes consume the eggs and spits out the shells. They live in areas where there are lot of birds and are non-venomous snake. The scientific name of the snake is elachistodon westermanni.

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