In the Eastern Ghats of India, Save The Snakes works to reduce conflicts between humans and snakes by implementing mitigation strategies which will lead to peaceful coexistence. Part of our work is to transform local community members and volunteers in each identified priority conflict site into “para-ecologists” that continue our conservation activities in their respective villages irrespective of the project period or expiry.
A group of five volunteers were recently taken into the forests of the Eastern Ghats at night to survey for reptiles and amphibians. It was an incredible night for the volunteers as they observed four different species of non-venomous snakes. The common sand boa (Eryx [Gongylophis] conicus) was definitely a highlight!
The sand boa is also called the “two-headed snake” because of its blunt tail that resembles a head. The team also rescued a common wolf snake (Lycodon capucinus) from being run over on the road and spotted several Indian bull frogs (Hoplobatrachus tigerinus)!
These training programs are important as these individuals will assist in future field surveys to assess species distribution and contribute to snake conservation efforts in India.