- The dexterity with which the charmers handle deadly snakes such as cobras and vipers has added to the allure of the street-side performances.
- The snake charmers, in return for a small fee, rescue species like cobras and rat snakes that show up in people's homes and release them in forests.
- There, a rearing cobra with its hood spread wide was a symbol of royalty.
- Scientists report that even hatching cobras, such as this red Mozambique cobra, instinctively aim and spit at a perceived predator's eyes.
- While human encounters with cobras, vipers, and pythons can prove fatal, more often than not it is the snakes that are killed.