Public Domain Super Heroes

Real Name


First Appearance

Kaa's Hunting (1893)

Created by

Rudyard Kipling


Kaa the rock python was Mowgli's bad mentor. He, Baloo and Bagheera sang "The Outsong" of the jungle for Mowgli. Kaa was a huge and powerful snake, thirty feet long, more than a hundred years old and still in his prime. Bagheera and Baloo enlisted Kaa's help to rescue Mowgli when the man-cub was captured by the Bandar-log and taken to an abandoned human city. Kaa broke down the wall of the building in which Mowgli was imprisoned and used his serpentine hypnosis to draw the monkeys toward his waiting jaws. Bagheera and Baloo were also hypnotized but, Mowgli was immune because he was human, and broke the spell on his friends.

Years later, Kaa persuaded Mowgli to visit a treasure chamber beneath an ancient city. The cobra tried to kill Mowgli but, its poison had dried up. Mowgli took a jeweled item away as a souvenir, not realizing the trouble it would bring later.

In later years, Mowgli asked Kaa for help when his wolf pack is threatened by rampaging dhole. Kaa went into a trance so that he could search his century-long memory for a stratagem to defeat the dogs.

With Kaa's help, Mowgli tricked the dhole into attacking prematurely. Kaa took no part in the resulting battle, but Mowgli and the wolves finally killed all the dhole, though not without grievous losses.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Kaa's Hunting
  • How Fear Came
  • The Kings Ankus
  • Red Dog
  • The Spring Running

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