Over a hundred snake hatchlings found at a house in Shyamsudarpur village of Odisha’s Bhadrak district triggered panic in the area.
The hatchlings found at the residence of one Bijay Bhuyan on Saturday were cobras. According to SK Mirza, a snake helpline member who rescued the snake hatchlings, said male and female adults might still be around.
Villagers were shocked to see such a large number of snakes at one place.
The house in Bhadrak district where over the snake hatchlings were found on 23 June. (Photo: SNS)
Locals said Bijay Bhuyan’s daughter had accidentally stepped on a hachling after which the family searched the house and called the helpline.
A thorough search of the house, conducted in the presence of a forest guard, led to the recovery of 107 snake hatchlings. Six of the 106 hatchlings were found to be dead, according to reports.
Villagers said Bhuyan had often seen cobras near his house but did not harm them ever.
It is suspected that the snake hatchlings were born out of the eggs laid by a female cobra inside termite mounds spotted near the house. The snake helpline reportedly found 21 eggs in one of the termite mounds.
Sources said the rescued reptiles would be handed over to forest officials who would release them into the forest or Hadagarh dam.
The villagers are on alert now as they fear more cobras might be around.