After we took our photos, Chanaka maneuvered the cobra into a bucket for us to release somewhere else later. We had previously found and photographed several snakes on or right near the grounds of the Rainforest Conservation Center, and all of those we had released back into the forest surrounding the center. But for some reason Chanaka didn't want to do the same with the cobra. I asked him why, thinking that the answer was pretty obvious. Did he perhaps not want to release this dangerously venomous snake here because his wife and young son often stayed at the center, or because his mother-in-law lived just down the hill? But no, I had it all wrong. He didn't want to release the cobra here because cobras eat other snakes, and he didn't want it eating any of the many other snakes he had previously released here. Makes perfect sense! That evening we released it in the forest on our way out of town.
- de Silva, A., Ukuwela, K. 2017. A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Sri Lanka