In a bid to raise an awareness about snakes and help understand them better, the cultural initiative Our Sacred Space hosted an event with The Friends of Snakes, a voluntary organization engaged in the rescue and rehabilitation of snakes and in spreading awareness amongst the public about them.
The event which was held over the weekend, had both children and adults participate, tried to alleviate the fear people usually have towards these reptiles which normally leads to unnecessary violence towards them.
Helping them interact with these creatures in a controlled environment and in close proximity, Friends of Snakes explained the different varieties of snakes. As it turns out, a majority of these reptiles are harmless and non-venomous.
Volunteers dispelled many myths and superstitions to do with snakes and snake-bites besides introducing specimens like the Sandboa, Red Sandboa, Russell’s Viper, Cobra, Water Snake, Checkered Keelback, Rat Snake, Green Vine Snake and Bronze Back.
From their habits to habitats, participants were given an understanding about both venomous and non venomous snakes.