Black Cobra Snake of India
Unexpecting, we spotted a black cobra snake when exploring the historic Chittorgarh. The Johar Sthal [the place where queens used to suicide when fort was captured by Mughals or other enemies] has been filled in now, and is topped by good grass. The poor black cobra snake was wandering around on that grass perhaps unaware initially that people have seen it and are running away from it. I was lucky to catch the attention of the people spotting the snake as a great photographic opportunity. The result is these photographs.
I am not a snake expert, and was unaware that the snake I was running behind to have good pictures of was a cobra snake [extremely venomous]. When I spotted the snake, it was running away from people. I went a few meters ahead of the snake running beside it to get good snake portraits :)
Getting down on the grass, the black cobra snake and me were face to face. After taking a few photographs of the black beauty, I realized that the distance between me and the snake was very less. That was the time I decided to get up on my feet and step back. Just when I got up, the snake too took its head way up from the ground bouncing back and showing me its hood. Seeing the hood, I realized that the snake I was taking photographs of just a few seconds back was actually a black cobra. I was happy with the photographs, and then I was happier :) Thank you dear black cobra to allow me to take such impressive glimpses.