Saviour to serpents, hero to people

The bride may meet fatal end if I marry a woman when the snake poison lives in his body and the people should be saved from snake bite said P.Kannan of P.C.Patti near Theni.

Published: 05th July 2018 01:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2018 01:44 PM   |  A+A-

The snake man Kannan. (EPS)

Express News Service

THENI: The bride may meet fatal end if I marry a woman when the snake poison lives in his body and the people should be saved from snake bite said P.Kannan of P.C.Patti near Theni.

When the world is running to earn money in different ways, the 33 years old Kannan walks steadily to render help for the people by catching snakes from various places including outlets, schools, houses and other buildings.

He is familiar in Theni district and the person who spotted any snake, will contact Kannan through his phone number 9597724646.

Kannan is the third son to the couple Perumal and Vasanthi of P.C.Patti and he gained the experience of catching snakes as a game at first. During fishing in Kottakudi and Mullai Periyar river, some local persons threw away their small nets after witnessing water snakes in their nets.

They had assured him as they would give some fish if he removed the snakes from the net.

Hence, he took it as a challenge when he was 15 years old and he secured fish after releasing the snakes from the nets. Then, he continued to catch snakes from various places.

The snake Man P.Kannan told to The New Indian Express that his parent opposed his dangerous practice at first. However, he did not give up the dare game and his name spread to surrounding areas.

He caught the snakes with his bare hands. Then, he left the snakes in the Veerappa Ayyanar temple forest later. He was bitten by many snakes for 38 times sofar and he caught at least 7000 snakes from schools, business outlets, houses and mills.

On top of it, he never demanded money to catch a snake from the building and house owners. At same time, he will not ignore the money given by the building owners and outlet runners.

The amount will be shared to his two assistants, he mentioned. He recollected as when he tried to catch a long black copra from a tree at P.C .Patti, the poisonous reptile slipped into his shirt in 2013.

The snake had bitten his stomach till he removed the shirt and he raised alarm for help. Then, he was rushed to government hospital-Theni where a piece of flesh was removed from his stomach and the gap was filled with the flesh taken from his thigh.

He worried over a high number of snakes have entered into the town when the water bodies and canals have been encroached by the buildings and agriculture lands. When there was no shelter for the reptiles, there is no option to them except to enter into houses and garbage heaps.

Whereas, he creates awareness among school and college students on snakes. He advised as the people should not get panic during snake bite and should not deliver to all which would pave a way to pour the suggestions of various medicines and different ways.

Meanwhile, the victim would die. The snakes would not have the habit of taking revenge on human beings and the snakes are used to escape from the sight of people. However, the viper will dare to harm the people. He recollected as he was saved by the people for many times when he was bitten by snakes.

Some people have a faith on him and they used to get holy ash from him to get cure from fear and some ailments. He reiterated as he does not possess any special power and he can catch any snake, he added.


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