The man may have committed an environmental crime – he was fined ₹7,000, a huge sum for the agricultural labourer – but his act does highlight the many rumours of ‘Covid cures’ doing the rounds. Apart from snake-oil merchants selling ‘Ayurvedic cures’, now we have an instance of the snake itself. The man may have been drunk when eating the snake, but superstition provides a dangerous high by itself. Once again, we suggest all our readers to avoid eating snake – for now, even the non-toxic snake soup, or she geng, a Cantonese speciality. Even that, adventurous foodies, isn’t going to help ward off Covid.