India's forest used to stretch all across India but was cleared for tea fields. The monsoon forests of southern India are home of the thousands of brightly colored birds.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Won the Nobel Prize award in Literature.

Rikki and The Cobras

Rikki and The Cobras hated each other. The Cobras knew that Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was a mongoose and that he eats snakes. Rikki killed Nag and went after the eggs when Nagaina tried to kill Teddy.


Mongoose are mammals. Mongoose live in burrows and are nondiscriminatory animals. Mongooses are primarily found in Africa, their range covering most of the continent. The mongoose was introduced to the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands in the 19th century to control rat and snake populations.


There are 270 different types of cobras. Cobras produce large amount of venom. Cobras live 20 years in the wild. They might live longer in captivity. Female cobras lay between 20-40 eggs. Their metabolism is very slow, so they need to eat every couple of months.

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