Snake bites is a major problem in Sri Lanka, with nearly 60,000 people becoming victims annually. Only close to 40,000 receive treatment from the hospitals, but others resort to traditional methods often resulting in deaths.
Experts believe gaining a clear understanding of the venomous and non venomous snakes is of great importance to avoid bites and killing of the snakes.
Snakes play a vital role in the eco system, killing snakes would result in many other species especially rodents dominating the system and causing many diseases and immense damage to the economy, especially in an agricultural country like ours.
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