Rescuing and Rehabilitating Reptiles 
Published on 28/06/2023
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When it comes to conservation, the two most important things are ‘Rescuing’ and ‘Rehabilitating’. And this story is all about Rescuing and Rehabilitating Reptiles 

In India, around 90% of snake bites are caused by the ‘big four’ among the crawlers – Common Krait, Indian Cobra, Russell’s Viper and Saw Scaled Viper. (*Source WHO)

When it comes to reptiles, fear is the emotion that gets associated with it. But not for Priyanshu Kamble, A wildlife rescuer, Content Creator, and founder of Forest Core. He hails from the city of Mumbai. He is studying Herpetology, which is a branch of biology that focuses on Amphibians and Reptiles.

Venomous snakes such as King Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Spectacled Cobra and Russell’s Viper are protected by law under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act. And the biggest challenges come while rehabilitating reptiles.

“But after rescuing, the other challenging part that comes is rehabilitating these species. Reintroducing a wild animal back to its natural habitat depends on the species, its history, age, and a number of other factors. If possible, sub-adult and adult snakes should be released in the closest possible natural habitat to reduce the risk of mortality”, says Kamble

In this episode of Conversation Conversation, we will be shedding our fear and misconceptions, about reptiles and amphibians. And get to know more about rescuing and rehabilitating reptiles.

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