Mugger Alert!
26 / Nov / 2014
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

If you’re a feathered visitor to a swampy marsh, you’d do well to think twice before alighting on a conveniently placed branch in the middle of the water. The temptation – especially if its nesting season – to grab twigs and branches sticking out of the water, could lead you to being mugged, with fatal […]

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Mugger Crocodile, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 2 Comments »

And the ‘Best Actor Award’ Goes To…
12 / Jun / 2014
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…” Churchill’s famous words may well have been said of the Checkered Keelback at the Oscars presentation ceremony, for this serpent is the ultimate thespian, playing multiple roles with effortless ease. Like the best ‘method actors’, Mr. Keelback must have studied his objects of inspiration intensely so […]

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Checkered Keelback, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 6 Comments »

United Colours of Kabini
10 / Aug / 2011
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

We all know of people who’ve been called, not very flatteringly, as chameleons. We tend to find a lot of such specimens populating the portals of Indian polity, and their ability to change colour is legendary; predicated, as it is, to the political power equations at the moment. Surprisingly though, the Chameleon himself has very […]

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Indian Chameleon, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 18 Comments »

Farmer’s Friend
13 / Jul / 2011
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s the common Joe of Indian reptilia, and is spotted more often than most snakes, without being as unwelcome a presence. Unless you were a country cousin of Mickey and Minnie’s, in which case, you went around on your furry, furtive way hoping not to meet this mugger up a dark alley. For, the Rat […]

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Rat Snake, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 22 Comments »

Crouching Lizard Flying Dragon
18 / May / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Not all blockbusters play to packed audiences. Nor do all heroes crave the spotlight. One of Coorg’s leading action stars features in incredible action sequences that would otherwise be considered flights of fancy, but doesn’t stay around for the applause. Like all great performers, he blends into his roles-and very often his surroundings-with such good […]

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Draco, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 10 Comments »

The Weatherman of Coorg
27 / Jul / 2010
Photographed by Vijay Rao

Most of us have grown up to develop a very healthy dose of cynicism about most things in life. While the promises and peccadilloes of our politicians is at one end, the bumbling fallibilities of our weather forecasters is at the other, and rarely fails to bring a smile that both mocks and forgives in […]

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Malabar Pit Viper, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 44 Comments »

A turtle by any other name…
10 / Mar / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

So what’s in a name? After all, a turtle is a tortoise is a terrapin! But not if you were Australian. Down under, they only have tortoises, irrespective of where they’re from. In America, tortoises own the land and all aquatic tenants are called turtles. The British, finicky as ever, have the naming down to […]

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Indian Pond Terrapin, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 16 Comments »

For your eyes only!
18 / Nov / 2009
Photographed by Vijay Rao

Very few people have seen this sleek, green beauty up close. Those who do manage it haven’t seen her again. Or seen again, if one were to go by a popular myth in southern India. For the green vine snake is reckoned to strike you blind with her arrow-like head if you poke your nose, […]

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Green Vine Snake, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 25 Comments »

Enter the Dragon 2
27 / Aug / 2009
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

For all those weaned on martial arts movies, here’s good news. Another, highly entertaining, action packed thriller is playing at this very minute, in the jungles of Kabini, and the lead actor is a real dragon. The Common Indian Monitor doesn’t spit fire, but does everything a self respecting dragon action hero should. He can […]

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Common Indian Monitor, Kabini | Posted in Reptiles | 42 Comments »

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