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Cobra Music Man by phil decocco

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Outside the Amber Fort In Jaipur, India, this snake charmer played a gourd instrument and literally “charmed” a big cobra out of its basket, weaving its body back and forth as it rose to full length. He stopped playing to speak with a person, and the cobra also appeared to lose interest

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 2 years ago

    What a great capture Phil!

  • al
    saw a few of these “musicians” (used lightly) and their cobras. thanks for your comment

    – phil decocco

  • Damian Morphou
    Damian Morphouover 2 years ago

    awsome capture!

  • thanks much damian,
    these fellows were pretty confident with toothless cobras

    – phil decocco

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellover 2 years ago

    fantastic work, Phil. Truly beautiful!
    Congrats, my friend!

  • thanks so very much scott, glad you liked this one! Thanks for the feature

    – phil decocco

  • Mike Shell
    Mike Shellover 2 years ago


  • mike
    glad you liked this one! He was a veritable “charmer”

    – phil decocco

  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jover 2 years ago

  • lissie
    thanks so very much for selecting this image!

    – phil decocco

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago


  • karen
    many thanks for this feature. Much appreciated

    – phil decocco

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    Great capture……are the cobras really toothless? if so, how do they eat?

  • loree!
    And yes, they are toothless, or I never would have put one around my neck! They pretty much swallow things whole, no chewing necessary, and the piper feeds them small rodents once or twice a month

    – phil decocco

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesalmost 2 years ago

    Found the shot Phil…
    yeah he can keep the cobras mate…
    we have tiger snakes where I live & they’re bad enough!!!!
    Good photo though
    Cheers Lee

  • thanks lee,
    I was told they were toothless, I wrapped one around my neck in New Delhi

    – phil decocco

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesalmost 2 years ago

    Wel Phil, not too sure what to say my friend..
    I thought wisdom came with older age!!!!
    Just as well they were toothless ‘cos we may not be having this conversation if they weren’t

  • lee
    I was cajoled into doing it by friends(?) as they were too afraid to try it!

    – phil decocco

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