A really uncommon Purple Coral Kukri snake which was noticed in Uttarakhand’s Nainital district and rescued by forest division on Friday, officers stated Saturday.
The snake was rescued from Bindukhatta space of Nainital from a neighborhood resident’s home the place it was hiding.
In line with forest officers, the uncommon snake was first noticed in Lakhimpur Kheri space of Uttar Pradesh in 1936 from the place it received its scientific identify ‘Oligodon kheriensis’. The suffix ‘kukri’ in its identify comes from the kukri or curved knife of Gorkhas as its tooth are curved just like the blade of the kukri.
Nitish Mani Tripathi, divisional forest officer (DFO) Terai East stated, “Goula forest vary workforce received a name for rescue of a snake on Friday morning from Kavindra Koranga, a resident of Kurriya Khatta village in Bindukhatta space of Nainital district”.
“After we went there to rescue the snake, villagers had caught the snake and saved it a plastic sack” he stated.
Tripathi stated after rescuing the snake from the spot, the workforce was shocked. “It was the uncommon of rarest snakes – Purple Cora Kukri snake. The workforce rescued it and launched it within the forest.”
Vipul Mourya, wildlife skilled from Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) stated Purple Coral Kukri is a really uncommon snake and has been noticed solely twice up to now in Uttarakhand.
“It was reported in 2015 within the Surai forest vary of Terai East forest division. Earlier in 2014, this snake was reported in Surai forest vary close to Uttar Pradesh border however then it was discovered lifeless,” he stated.
Purple Coral Kukri snake is listed in schedule four of the Wildlife Safety Act 1972. It’s present in purple and vibrant orange colors. This non-venomous snake is nocturnal and feeds on earthworms, bugs and larvae.