Seven head snake skin draws crowds near temple

BENGALURU: Marigowdana Doddi, a village in Kanakapura located about 60km from Bengaluru city, has become a center of attraction after seven headed snake skin was found Wednesday morning. This, after villagers here stumbled upon a skin which they believe is of a seven-headed serpent.

The fact that it was found next to a temple has further raised curiosity among the locals, who believe the ‘mythological’ serpent might be existing in reality.

As the news of a multi-headed snake started spreading through television channels and social media, hundreds of people from other villages in the taluk thronged the area to have a glimpse of the discarded skin. Many even offered kumkum and haldi around it.

Seven headed snake
Seven headed snake – Phot Credit – TOI

Villagers stumbled upon a skin which they believe is of a seven-headed serpent. Villager Prashanth MN said a similar skin was discovered about six months ago. “Villagers thought the place has special powers and built a temple here. Now, the snake skin has appeared near the temple itself. A temple staffer, who was cleaning the premises in the morning, spotted the skin in the field of a villager named Balappa. The filed is located just about 10ft from the temple premises,” he added.

Experts not enthusiastic

Snake experts, however, ruled out the existence of such a snake. Ramu P, an expert said that there are no records of a seven-headed snake anywhere in the world. “There are two-headed snakes, but they are also very rare. As among humans, some snakes will have two heads, ”he added.

The process of skin shedding in reptiles is called ecdisis. Snakes shed their skin to get rid of parasites that may have grown on old skin. The process also helps in its growth. Usually, snakes shed skin every three weeks or two months.