Rainy season reptile run-ins: How to handle a snake-y situation like a pro!
Did you know that there are all sorts of myths floating around about snakes? You might have heard that if a snake slithers into your house, you can just offer it some milk to make it your buddy. Yes, many still believe these stories.
With the rainy season in full swing here in Lucknow, it's not uncommon to hear about snake sightings in your neighborhood. But it's important to remember that these seemingly sinister creatures are just going about their own snakey business.
Now, to shed some light on this topic, we sat down for a chat with Aditya Tiwari, a Snake Rescue Expert and the founder of Paryavarnam Society.
What are some things to keep in mind?
To prevent snakes from entering your home, make sure to seal any window cracks and gaps beneath doors.
Keep an eye out for monitor lizards, especially around drains or inside your house. Despite the myths, these creatures are usually harmless and not venomous. If you find one outdoors, just let it be. If it enters your home, try to guide it back outside.
Using pest control solutions can help deter snakes temporarily from entering your home.
While venomous snake sightings are rare in Lucknow, it's crucial to know what to do in case of a snakebite. If possible, take a picture of the snake for identification, then seek immediate medical attention at the nearest Government Hospital. Avoid tying any cloth or band around the bite area as this can potentially lead to gangrene.
If you come across a snake, it's essential to notify the forest department through their helpline number immediately. After making the call, keep an eye on the snake's movements and location to assist the rescue team while maintaining a safe distance.
Always ensure that any cracks in your house are repaired as neglecting them could invite unwanted snake tenants into your homes!
Forest dept no: 0522-2209814, 4262500; 1926 (Toll Free)
Paryavarnam Society contact (for snake rescue): 080906 67166