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Venomous snake stuck in plastic ring rescued ingeniously by wildlife enthusiasts

Venomous snake stuck in plastic ring rescued ingeniously by wildlife enthusiasts

Sumesh Rajan

Mumbai: 30 October 2018

Mindlessly discarded plastic items are not only harming the environment but also have become a life threat for wildlife. One such incident has come to light in India wherein a venomous snake which had got stuck in a plastic ring had to be rescued using an ingenious method for the safety of the snake and the rescuers. 

On October 29 morning residents of Marunji village near Hinjewadi IT Park in Pune, Maharashtra, India, came across a Common Indian Krait -- a venomous snake species -- stuck in a plastic ring. They immediately called up wildlife activist and snake rescuer Tushar Pawar of Wild Animals and Snake Protection Society (WASPS) who rushed to the spot to take charge of entangled reptile.

“A close look indicated that it was a juvenile snake, and it was struggling to get itself free from the plastic ring. Nevertheless, it being one of the most venomous snakes, the question was how to handle it without being bitten while removing the ring from its body. Common Krait is not only a member of the famous ‘Big 4’ snakes of India, but it also has the most potent snake venom amongst them, regarded as one of the most toxic in the world. They are responsible for the majority of snake bites on humans. Although they are somewhat reluctant to bite, when they do, the Common Krait typically holds on to the victim for a while. This enables them to inject considerable amounts of their highly toxic venom into the victim,” said Shekar Jambhulkar, Secretary of WASPS.

The WASPS team including Tushar and Shekar then decided on an ingenious course of action wherein the venomous is saved and the rescuers also do not get bitten by it.

“We took a metal pipe with a circumference that the snake could just slide into, and long enough to contain its face inside, and coaxed it into it. Then heated a knife and sliced the plastic ring carefully, taking care that the snake is not hurt,” said Tushar.

A video shot by Shekar of the snake being relieved of its misery shows that once it is freed from the plastic ring that had tightened around its body, the Krait slithers out of the metal pipe and tries to flee. The snake was later released in its natural habitat in the outskirts of the city, said Shekar.


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