Over 140 snake hatchlings found in house in Odisha's Bhadrak

As many as 140 snake hatchlings were found in a house in Shyamsundarpur village of Odisha's Bhadrak district. Two male and a female adult cobras were also found from the place along with the hatchlings. On Saturday evening, a girl had accidentally stepped on a hatchling after which the family searched the house and called the helpline. A thorough search of the house, conducted in the presence of a forest official, led to the recovery of 140 snake hatchlings. Six of the 140 hatchlings were found to be dead. It is suspected that the snake hatchlings were born out of the eggs laid by a female cobra inside termite mounds spotted near the house. The snake helpline reportedly found 21 eggs in one of the termite mounds. The rescued reptiles would be handed over to forest officials who would release them into the forest or Hadagarh Dam.