A very rare species, Red Coral Kukri snake was rescued from a residential house in Uttarakhand's Nainital district. The incident took place near Bindukhatta area of Nainital. The villagers had already caught the reptile and put it inside a plastic sack even before forest officials arrived. Afterwards Forest department team rescued the snake and then released it into the forest.
After carrying out their rescue surprise, they were surprised to have found out that it was the "rarest of rarest snakes", called the Red Cora Kukri Snake. Nitish Mani Tripathi, divisional forest officer (DFO) Terai East said,
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.
The snake got its scientific name, 'Oligodon kheriensis', after it was first spotted in 1936 in the Lakhimpur Kheri area of Uttar Pradesh. Since then it has been spotted only twice in Uttarakhand. Few weeks back one was spotted at the Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh. The image was posted by Wildlense, a wildlife conservation team, on Twitter.
A rare Red Coral Kukri #snake (Oligodon kheriensis) has been rescued today by #Uttarakhand Forest department near Haldwani.— Kundan Kumar, IFS (@kundan_ifs) August 7, 2020
It was first sighted in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP in 1936 from where it got it's zoological name.@VaibhavSinghIFS @Saket_Badola @rameshpandeyifs pic.twitter.com/1iLG8hIqhi
According to forest official, the name 'kukri' comes from the knife (kukri) used by the Gorkhas. The teeth of the snake resemble the curvy shape of the knife. However it is a non-venomous species of snake. 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.