World's largest venomous snake spotted at Mumbai's Tillari Conservation Reserve

With the addition of Tillari, now there are 62 conservation reserves in the state.

Last year, the Maharashtra government had declared a 29.53 sq km area in Tillari, Sindhudurg district, as a "Conservation Reserve" to preserve its ecology. Recently, the Tillari Conservation Reserve has made headlines as a wildlife enthusiast, Shubham Dharne, spotted a King Cobra while he was filming a video where this deadly reptile can be seen feasting on a monitor lizard.

Natural habitat of Ophiophagus hannah

Reports have quoted the Chief Conservator of Forests of Kolhapur territory stating that this Sindhudurg area falls under the natural habitat regions of King Cobra (scientific name- Ophiophagus hannah). Owing to this, sightings of this venomous snake in the Tillari Conservation Area isn't uncommon and has been documented previously as well.

About Tillari Conservation Reserve

With the addition of Tillari, now there are 62 conservation reserves in the state, out of which, 13 are in the Western Ghats. The government issued a notification under section 36-A of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 to declare the status change of Tillari Conservation Reserve and established a committee for its management. The bounds of Tillari are home to several endemic flora and fauna, including elephants, the big cats and several species of reptiles, birds and insects.

This Conservation Reserve borders several states such as Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka, and falls in the route marked by the movement of tigers, along with Mhadei Sanctuary in Goa and Bhimgad Sanctuary in Karnataka. In March 2021, Tillari Conservation Reserve was also selected for the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. It achieved the feat of becoming the first project from India to be selected as a part of an initiative that aims at increasing the native green cover across 54 Commonwealth nations.

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