World Snake Day at Mysuru Zoo on July 16

Mysuru, July 14:- Snakes are incredible creatures and at least 3,000 different species of snakes are slithering around our planet. The World Snake Day will be observed on July 16 at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Ittigegudu in the city.

An important contribution of World Snake Day is to the cause of conservation of sometimes dangerous, but mostly misrepresented reptile. Snakes live on every continent except Antarctica and can vary from 32 feet long pythons to tiny vine snakes. Only about one-fourth of all snakes are venomous, and all of them would much rather avoid human contact if they could. Maximum snake bite incidents occur when humans inadvertently step on or otherwise disturb the peaceful creatures.

India, with all its stereotypes of snake-charmers, is home to only four venomous snake species, but many destructive superstitions and myths exist. World Snake Day, conservationists hope, can help remove people’s fears and illusions about snakes, and help them gain recognition as a marvellous adaptable apex species. World Snake Day is observed to educate and inform people about how to deal with snakes, whom to call, resources available to them, etc.

Mysuru Zoo is celebrating the snake kingdom and creating awareness of these limbless creatures, trying to shed some light on the most unscientific myths. A talk by herpetologist Balasubramanyam (popularly known as Snake Shyam) will be held on July 16 at the zoo auditorium from 4 pm onwards.

Interested may register their names at [email protected] or on phone at the zoo office: 0821-2440752/2520302 before July 16. The entry is free for the programme.

In addition, the Mysuru Zoo will display information and fun facts boards about the snakes in front of the enclosure on July 16 from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The general public and snake enthusiasts may avail this opportunity to know more about snakes, stated a press release. -KK

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