Forest dept plans campaign to rid people of fear of snakes

CHENNAI: Ever had the experience of getting closer to a poisonous snake? A few of us are sure to have tried this either in snake parks or in zoos.

Now, forest officials plan to conduct awareness programmes to educate common citizens about the medicinal qualities of snakes with the help of live demonstrations and have procured a few snake-catching devices from abroad.

Forest officials say that many of us many have snakes in ponds, lakes, wells and farms on many occasions but very few among us may have been able to tell a poisonous snake from a non-venomous one. “To bridge the gap between the public and the wild animals, we have planned to conduct an awareness campaign involving all schools, colleges and private industries in the city in phases. We recently bought six snake-catching devices, each costing nearly Rs 3,400, from abroad and have ordered for 20 more such devices,” forest ranger S David Raj told TOI.

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Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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