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  Metros   Mumbai  27 Jul 2019  3 snakes rescued from city areas

3 snakes rescued from city areas

THE ASIAN AGE. | VRUSHALI PURANDARE
Published : Jul 27, 2019, 7:35 am IST
Updated : Jul 27, 2019, 7:36 am IST

Reptile sightings are usually reported from areas adjoining forests, like Mulund, Thane, Borivali and Vikhroli, says Aditya Patil.

Rat snakes are medium to large constrictors and are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere.
 Rat snakes are medium to large constrictors and are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere.

Mumbai: Rescue teams of the NGO, Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA), saved three reptiles — a common krait, an Indian rock python, and a rat snake on Friday.

The wildlife department received 36 distress calls from Mulund, Thane, Vikhroli and Borivali residents, reporting spotting snakes  in their neighbourhood.

The reason for snakes venturing into houses near these areas is that these places share forest boundaries and as the underground burrows of snakes and other reptiles get flooded during the monsoon, they are forced to slither out and look for dry spots. Often, these reptiles enter residential areas because the latter are warmer.

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President of WWA, Aditya Patil, said, “Reptile sightings are usually reported from areas adjoining forests, like Mulund, Thane, Borivali and Vikhroli. It is usually during the rainy season that we get such calls. Snakes making their way into buildings and residences is a common occurrence during the rainy season.”

“A team of snake rescuers from our NGO rushed to rescue the python from the boundary wall of the residential colony. A common krait, which is highly venomous, was also rescued from a building and a python was rescued from a house,” he said.

“Dealing with snakes, especially venomous species can be quite challenging but the rescue team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations. It’s a request to people to immediately report any such situations on the given helpline numbers,” he said.

Tags: wildlife welfare association, snakes
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)