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The Nagpanchami Crusaders – Bombay High Court bans live snake worship

Live snakes worshipped with kum-kum. Photo provided by Maitry Jani, taken by Anonymous photographer in Gujarat.

Do it Right! (A poem written by Ashwin, Manisha and Sanjay)

Agar Khuda na khasta ho jaye snake bite!
We have a weapon for the good fight!
Its not miracle, magic, faith or myth,
The first aid is called DO IT RIGHT!

R is for Re-assure!
Tell the patient you will be ok for sure!
Because non-venomous snakes are percent 70!
Of the zahreela, dry bites are percent 50!
The rest of the cases, we can cure!
You can still have a full life, sure!

I is more Immobilise!
You can move nothing but your eyes!
Stop the venom spread!
Dont walk or move, dont even nod your head!

Gyaneswari - A true survivor of Krait bite

My mobile phone woke me up very early  on Sunday the 6th of July 2014. It was Dr Sr Sijji on the other side. Sr Sijji is a qualified MBBS doctor from Pithora, Chhattisgarh.  She is a nun and belongs to the Order of St. Francis. The missionary nuns run a school and a healthcare centre in Pithora. The nearest government hospital is 100kms away in Raipur. The healthcare centre has very basic facilities and yet it is well known in the area for treatment of snake bite cases. The healthcare centre had admitted a   25 year old patient named Gyaneswari at 1:30 a.m.

Fatal attraction:Rescuers to victims of recklessness by Priyanka Kadam

A few months ago I came across a post on Facebook about the sad demise of a snake rescuer who “loved snakes”. The regional daily covered the news item as follows:   “the snakes never understood his love towards them and finally a snake was responsible for his death.” This got me thinking about the general reader’s perspective. What kind of love was it anyway?  Would a cobra or a Russell’s viper be happier receiving a kiss from a human? No...

My experiences as a young snake rescuer by Abhishek Acharya

India has about 270 species of snakes of which 60 are venomous. My passion and dream have always been to protect snakes and their habitat. I have been drawn towards nature since childhood and was fortunate to have a father whose love for nature rubbed off on me.

As children we visited Similipal, a forest range in  Odisha, and loved the mountains, towering trees, vast open  grasslands and the crystal water of the rivulets and streams. I loved nature but feared snakes. I would lock myself in my room if a snake was found in the streets of our housing colony.

On the Scent of a King by Ajay Giri

Since the establishment of the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) we have been observing human-King Cobra conflicts with intent to mitigate them. An increase in such incidents occurs during March and throughout the breeding season that stretches until June. The male King Cobra begins his journey in pursuit of the female and establishes territories throughout the journey by male combat- a ritualistic dance that takes place to claim dominance. This pursuit is aided by the scent trail of pheromones left behind on the path by the female.

Snakes rock my world! by Mamta Naidu

When I spot a snake I sit and admire it while people around me go from,  “Eww”, “Oh my God!”, “Creepy”, “slimy”, “dangerous”,  to “kill it.”