STORM – Scientific Training on
Rescue and Relocation of snakes
Dates: 23rd and 24th Jan 2016
If you are among those who are eagerly waiting be part of snake rescues, curious enough to look beyond myths to learn fascinating facts, and are keen to educate yourself about the life of serpents then this workshop is for you!
~ Why rescue snakes?
~ Do’s and Don’ts of snake rescue
~ Rescue techniques using professional rescue equipment
~ Identifying relocation sites
~ A rare opportunity to accompany snake rescuers on live rescue calls
~ Legal issues with snake rescue
~ Importance and methods of recording data
~ Identification of snakes
~ First aid for snake bites
~ Role of education and creating awareness ……..and lots more.
What is this workshop about?
‘Snake wrangling’ has assumed a glamorized stead that leaves behind realities and ethics. And with more people wanting to try their hand at it, they not only risk their own lives but endanger the lives of snakes they supposedly ‘rescue’.
Through this workshop we aim to train enthusiasts on scientific methods and techniques in snake rescue.
Who can attend?
Anybody over 18 yrs of age, who has a keen interest and passion to learn about snakes, snake rescuers who would like to hone their skills, those who are considering herpetology as a career choice, and those who want to get over their fear of snakes.
When & Where?
Assemble at 9:30 am
Near PK TB Hospital,
We will be on call on both days i.e. whenever there is a rescue call, the team will be on the move.
- Discussion: Introduction to reptiles
- Snake Taxonomy: Identification of snakes through scale counts
- Rescue techniques using professional equipment
- On the move–snake rescue
- Practical session: How not to rescue snakes
- Discussion: First aid for snake bites
- Maintaining a studbook
- Legal Issues
- On the move–snake rescue
- Environmental education and awareness during rescues
- Identifying relocation sites and Snake release.
- Reflection & Departure
Who is conducting the camp?
Gowri Shankar has been involved with reptiles for more than a decade and has worked at some of the premier reptile conservation centers in India. He honed his skills in captive management of snakes at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/ Center for herpetology and has also authored several peer reviewed papers. He has been studying king cobras in the wild for the last six years. He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras and has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Discovery Channel respectively.
More about Gowri at : https://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/
‘Snake Shyam’ , originally M.S. Balasubramaniam, is an integral part of Mysore’s herpetological scene. He has been rescuing snakes since 1982 with an undeterred passion and deep concern for these ophidians. With over 25,200 snakes recorded in his log book, his data and experience is a precious treasure. He now has a terrarium to keep snakes till before their release every weekend. He was featured in ‘Croc Chronicles: Snakes, Karma, Action ‘ on National Geographic and also has a street named after him. His flamboyant attire and his humility is a win among younG and old alike.
More about Snake Shyam at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_Shyam