Udupi, July 30, 2019: Speaking about snakes at an awareness programme organised by Udupi Jilla Brahman Parishat at Rajangan, well-known herpetologist Dr Ravindranath Aithal said that there are a lot of misconceptions about snakes. “Many of the snakes that are killed are in fact not venomous,” he stressed. There will be an imbalance in ecology if the indiscriminate killing of snakes continues.
Public should be able to differentiate the venomous snakes from non-venomous ones. Public should also be aware about administering first aid to victims of snake bites.
He also dispelled myths about snakes having two separate hoods or two tongues. Snakes also do not have the energy to use their tails as a whip nor do the green snakes aim at the eyes of humans, he added.
Aithal also shared tips on how to protect oneself if bitten by a snake. He also opposed the concreting of ‘Nagabhana’ as it was not environment friendly. Vidyadheesha Swami of Palimar Mutt, Eshapriya Swami of Admar Mutt, junior seer of Palimar mutt Vidyarajeshwara Swami among a wide cross section of public.