Very Rare ‘Red Coral Kukri’ Snake Found By Uttarakhand Forest Officials
A very rare species of snake was recently found in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Called the Red Coral Kukri, the snake was spotted and captured by the forest department on Friday.Red Coral Kukri snake (Image: Twitter/ WildLense)The snake was found in a local resident’s house in the Bindukhatta area of Nainital. A recent report by HT mentions Nitish Mani Tripathi, divisional forest officer (DFO) Terai East saying, “Goula forest range team got a call for rescue of a snake on Friday morning from Kavindra Koranga, a resident of Kurriya Khatta village in Bindukhatta area of Nainital district”.“When we went there to rescue the snake, villagers had caught the snake and kept it a plastic sack” he added.It was only after the forest department team rescued the snake from the area that they realised it was the öne of the rarest species of snakes. The team then released it into the forest.The Red Coral KukriAs per one of the forest officials cited in the report, the Red Coral Kukri snake was first spotted in Lakhimpur Kheri area of Uttar Pradesh in 1936. This is also where it got its scientific name from – ‘Oligodon kheriensis’.Manas Majumder / IndianSnakes.orgAs for its common name, the word ‘Kukri’ in its name denotes the curved knife of Gorkhas. The term is used to describe the snake due to its curved, blade-like teeth.The report cites Vipul Mourya, a wildlife expert from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), saying that the Red Coral Kukri is a very rare snake. As per Mourya, this is only the second time that the snake has been spotted in Uttarakhand.“It was reported in 2015 in the Surai forest range of Terai East forest division. Earlier in 2014, this snake was reported in Surai forest range near Uttar Pradesh border but then it was found dead,” Mourya said.Found in red and bright orange colours, the Red Coral Kukri is a non-venomous snake that is nocturnal and feeds on earthworms, insects and larvae. Red Coral Kukri is listed under schedule 4 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.