Total Snakes Rescued - 707
Every year over 45000 people die in India from snake bites and countless snakes are killed, making human-snake conflict the largest man-animal conflicts in the country. While there are a large number of people Read More
I must have been around seven years old when I saw my first wild cobra. I was walking with my grandfather around our farm and we saw a cobra, a little over four feet, cross the path ahead of us. When it spotted us, it raised its hood briefly and then continued . Read More
It was 10 am, on a cloudy day in June 2017, when Manas Bandhu Majumdar, the ISRN member from West Bengal, got a call about a “big” snake trapped in the bedroom of a house and had just bitten an 11 year old girl. Read More
Snake conservation India is currently suffering a multitude of problems, the most prominent of which are:
1. Lack of trained rescuers, with little or no accountability.
2. Illegal trade of snakes and snake derivatives.
3. Conflict killing mainly out of fear and retaliation.
Lack of awareness is primarily at the root of the problem for this ecologically important species. it is time for a systematic shift in the way snake rescue, rehabilitation and conservation is dealt with in the country. All the above mentioned problems are, directly or indirectly, interconnected and need to be combated strategically. This project is one of the first steps being taken by IndianSnakes with the support of IFAW-WTI’s Emergency Relief Network.
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Our initial goals through this project are:
1. To ensure that best protocols and practices for ethical and legal rescues of snakes are standardised, highlighted and followed by the project rescuers and taking them as models, by other rescuers as well across the country.
2. To instil a new model of reporting for rescue and release of snakes, which are a protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. 3. To collect live rescue and release data from the carefully chosen snake rescue experts from different parts of the country, to assess and analyses patterns and trends in human-snake conflict, as well as encourage transparency in reporting rescue data.
4. Increased sensitisation and awareness through the selected participants, to mitigate human-snake conflict.
Kaisar Hussain has been rescuing snakes for over 6 years. His interest in snakes and other wildlife came about since he was a child. Jashpur, also referred to as Naaglok, is an area known for its dense populations of various snake species. Kaisar often saw people being scared of snakes and many of the reptiles being killed out of fear and retaliation. That’s when he felt it was important to step in and educate people about snakes. Working actively with the Forest Department as well, Kaisar has attended to hundreds of snake rescue calls since he started.
Some of the most common snakes rescued by Kaisar are the common krait, banded krait, spectacled cobra and the rat snake.
Kaisar Hussain - Jashpur, Chhattisgarh
Sudarshan has been an active rescuer in Central India for over 15 years, rescuing snakes all over Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Currently based in Baihar, Sudarshan is also working on snake bite mitigation with IndianSnakes’ in the Kanha landscape, helping spread awareness adjoining districts. He has always felt a deep connection with nature and snakes in particular, considering his skill of handling snakes as one that must be put for the public’s benefit.
Some of the common snakes rescued by Sudarshan include the spectacled cobra, the rat snake and the Indian rock python.
Sudarshan Sureshwar - Baihar, Madhya Pradesh
A school teacher by profession, Manas has been rescuing snakes and spreading awareness on snake bites for over 10 years in North Bengal. After seeing the myths and fear amongst the people regarding snakes, Manas took it upon himself to learn everything he could to help mitigate the situation back home and that quest took him all the way to Karnataka to learn from stalwarts like Gerry Martin. Currently working with Vishal Santra and co., Manas feels that it is important that more research on venom takes place and the right training be imparted not only to rescuers to increase understanding and minimise unnecessary bite cases by improper handling, but also to doctors so as to improve the quality of post-bite medical care as well as to
Some of the common snakes rescued by Manas include the spectacled cobra, lesser black krait, banded krait and the rat snake.
Manas Bandhu Majumadar- Jaipaiguri, West Bengal
Padam Singh Rathore is one of the only rescuers in the area, with an experience of over 21 years in rescuing snakes. Seeing villagers kill any snake on sight, Padam was left with a profound sense of grief over the senseless killings which mostly occurred due to misconceptions. He also noted many checkered keelbacks getting stuck in fishing hooks and being left to die. Initially he went to snake charmers to learn the craft and eventually wound up at Snehal Bhatt’s doorstep to learn the right techniques. He currently caters to an area of around 300 km with his team and gets up an average of 15 calls a day.
Some of the common snakes rescued by him include the specatcled cobra, Russell’s viper, common krait, saw scaled viper and the rat snake.
Padam Singh Rathore- Udaipur, Rajasthan
Nishant started rescuing in 2009, with turtles and snakes. He has been an active wildlife conservationist in Chennai having worked with local wildlife organisations and gaining hands-on experiences and understanding the issues at the ground level. He is currently one of the rescuers always on call in Chennai and along with his team and helps out the local Forest Department as well. He feels that in order to allay the fears of the common man, sensitiation and awareness are key to helping achieve a better cohabitation of humans and snakes. He strongly believes that removing a snake from its natural habitat is not a rescue and tries to only rescue those snakes which have entered people’s houses and are in danger of being killed and/or may present an inadvertent threat to the people around.
Some of the common snakes rescued by him are the spectacled cobra, Russell’s viper, the rat snake and the checkered keelback.
Nishant - Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Subhadra has been actively rescuing snakes in Bangalore over 6 years. A consultant at in the corporate sector, Subhadra realised her passion of working with snakes and other wildlife with her husband who is also an active rescuer in the area. Pursuing a course in herpetology from BNHS, she works with the local Forest Department on several matters related to conservation. Subhadra firmly believes in building awareness amongst the public to help mitigate human-wildlife conflict, while emphasising the need of right training and techniques for the rescuers.
Some of the common snakes rescued by Subahdra include the spectacled cobra, rat snake, Russell’s viper and common krait.
Subhadra Cherukuri - Bangalore, Karnataka
Lal Muan Sanga has for now dedicated his life to the cause of rescuing, researching and understanding snakes to the best of his ability and spreading awareness amongst the local about the need for conserving them. Currently a Lab and Field Assistant at the Mizoram University, he has been actively rescuing snakes for about 3 years in Aizwal as well as Shillong, which is his hometown. He has been trained under the guidance of well known snake rescuers such as Vishal Santra and currently his team at the University are the only ones in the area which are actively rescuing in the area. Lal believes that better awareness is sorely needed and hopes that as more information spreads about these misunderstood creatures, more people will also come forward and also want to be a part of conservation of snakes and other wildlife.
Some of the common snakes rescued include the king cobra, monocled cobra, black krait and the red necked keelback.
Lal Muan Sanga - Aizwal, Mizoram (and Shillong, Meghalaya)
Fascinated with nature and wildlife since he was a child, Abeesh decided to dedicate his life to preserving it and joined the Forest Department. Currently a forest guard with the Kerala Forest Department working in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Abeesh is the " Official Snake Rescuer " of the department in and around Kumily town. The area being surrounded by forest, there are plenty of snake rescue calls to attend and the calls go very high during monsoon season. He also conduct awareness sessions on snakes and other reptiles for nature camps conducted by the forest department thus reaching out to a larger number of youngsters who visit the park.
Abeesh- Thekkady, Kerala
A graduate in Biology, Shubham has been working in the field for over 9 years rescuing snakes in and around Amravati. Having conducted over 3400 rescues, Shubham has seen up close the damage human-snake conflict has had on both people and snakes in the area. He is currently dedicating a lot of time in mitigating said conflict, especially in an effort to reduce the killing on non-venomous snakes like pythons which are targeted by people mostly out of ignorance and fear.
Some of the common snakes rescued by Shubham include the spectacled cobra, checkered keelback, common wolf snake and rat snake.
Shubham Sayanke- Amravati, Maharashtra
A native of Porbandar, Gujarat, Chirag has been rescuing snakes for over 16 years and has reportedly rescued over 11000 snakes in that period. Passionate about wildlife since he was a child, Chirag made it a point to pour over every book he could lay his hands on and studied about the animals found in his backyard. Though he predominantly rescues snakes, Chirag is also adept at rescuing other wildlife such as lions, leopards and crocodiles and often assists the Forest Department in the same. He believes the key in securing a better future for the upcoming generations lies in living with harmony with nature around and preserving wildlife to the best possible ability. He frequently consults with the local doctors in case of snake bites and takes those cases as opportunities in creating more awareness, especially about non-venomous bites. He is currently posted in Junagadh, where he is actively rescuing snakes and says while there is a slight variation in the species found 100 km apart in both places, especially in regard to the Big 4, when monsoons hit he and his team tend to an average of 7-8 rescue calls a day!
Some of the common snakes rescued include spectacled cobra, rat snake, bronzeback tree snake, common kukri, striped kukri, leith sand snake.
Chirag Tank- Porbandar, Gujarat
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Indian Snakes (IS) was formed by a group of volunteers as a web site, in 2010, and has now evolved into the largest network of snake rescuers and experts across the country, with over 300 people registered on it. A division under the Kerala based Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES), IndianSnakes’ currently runs projects in various landscapes across the country on mitigating human-snake conflict, curbing snake bite deaths and promoting ethical rescue practices. Know more
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