On its inaugural day, on January 6, 2018, participants of Abhigyaan, were enlightened about the Amazing world of Indian Snakes.
The session was conducted by Shiram Shinde, former curator, Pune Snake Park, co-author of Indian Snakes, trustee of Indian Herpetological Society, faculty of the Central Zoo Authority (New Delhi) and the Indian Institute of Wildlife (Dehradun). Unfolding the topic, he shared information about the types of Indian snakes and educated the student participants on the ways of identifying them. He used attractive picture slides to help differentiate between venomous and non-venomous snakes.
“Gone are the days when snakes were seen only in the wilderness, Today, they can be spotted even in residential areas, gardens and around offices. Whether you are in office, at home or out on weekend-trip, it is better to know about snakes than get bitten by one and not know what to do,” he said.
He also highlighted the importance of snakes in human life and way in which they contribute to human survival. Squashing all misconceptions about snakes, he gave instructions about ways to avoid a snake bite and actions to be taken in case of an accidental snake bite.
It is better to know about snakes than get bitten by one and not know what to do…
Snakes play an important role in the natural cycle and we need to conserve them for our own future, he emphasised. The presentation ended with a question and answer session wherein the participants got all their queries answered.