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Tortured reptiles seized from Snake Charmers

Blind faith resulted in exposing these protected species to threats and danger: Wildlife SOS

Mugdha Singh
Publish Date: Aug 27 2016 3:40PM | Updated Date: Aug 27 2016 3:40PM

Tortured reptiles seized from Snake Charmers

A cobra and a common sand boa were rescued from snake charmers from Dwarka, Delhi. Both the snakes are currently under care of wildlife conservation organisation Wildlife SOS and will be released into their natural habitat, once deemed fit. 


The Wildlife SOS Rapid Response unit received a call on their 24-hr rescue helpline (9871963535) about two snake charmers that were spotted in a residential colony in Dwarka, Sector-15.


Those men were exploiting the snakes and trying to misled public into believing that they brought good luck and had medicinal values etc. A concerned animal lover reported the incident to Wildlife SOS with hope to give new life to these snakes. 


A two member rescue team arrived at the location and immediately contacted the local police, who charged the two men for illegal possession of protected wildlife species.


The snakes were identified as a cobra and a common sand boa, two snake species that are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972). Cobras are highly venomous the charmers had extracted its fangs and venom glands, leaving it helpless and unable to defend itself.


On the other hand, the Common Sand Boa is a non-venomous boa commonly found in the Indian subcontinent. This particular snake species has various superstitious myths and beliefs attributed to them because of their double headed appearance.


“Such blind faith has resulted in exposing these protected species to threats and danger,” said Suvidha Bhatnagar, Communication head at Wildlife SOS. “The snakes are currently under observation and will be released back into the wild once deemed fit,” she added.


Shambhu Kumar, the caller said, “The snake charmers were entertaining some children by displaying the snakes and asking for money. I was furious at the sight of this and immediately contacted the Wildlife SOS rescue team, who arrived shortly and handled the situation.”


Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, "Capturing snakes and using them for display and entertainment, is banned and a jail able offence under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.”


“Awareness regarding the illegality of the offense and the abominable treatment of these animals is incredibly important to curb cruelty and poaching of wildlife,” she added.