Snakes in Delhi-NCR creep into gardens, kitchens and university hostels to beat the heat wave


A cobra which was rescued from a garden in Mayur Vihar Phase-1 residential locality

With the heat wave returning after a brief respite due to rains, Delhi and National Capital Region is again witnessing sightings of snakes in gardens, kitchens and student hostels. Moving from their burrows and pits, these reptiles are looking for cooler places.

Among the many snakes rescued lately by Wildlife SOS were the deadly cobras. At Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase-1 park one baby cobra was rescued while another one was removed Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The employees at the Indiabulls Centrum Park campus, Gurgaon had a surprise visitor when an Indian Cobra was found in the kitchen coiled on top of an LPG gas cylinder. The rescue team, following all safety measures, moved the snake from the premises.

Cobra coiled around the LPG cylinder

At Delhi’s posh South Motibagh residential locality a rare Buff Striped Keelback snake was rescued. The alert residents of the complex spotted this creature in their garden and they alerted the NGO’s 24-hour rescue helpline.

Reaching the site, the Rapid Response Unit managed to rescue this non-venomous snake and moved it to a rescue facility. Currently under observation, it will soon be released back into its natural habitat.

The Buff Striped Keelback is a mid-sized reptile growing up to 80 cm. Its colour varies from olive-brown to grey and it has keeled scales on the dorsal surface of the body. Among its distinct features are two yellow stripes along the length and to the sides of the spine.

Buff-striped keel back

This snake is widely distributed across Asia and Southeast Asia but rarely seen.

Also from Sector-14 Dwarka, a 5-foot-long rat snake was rescued from near a dustbin.

According to Wasim Akram, Deputy Director, Wildlife SOS: “Snakes are ectothermic animals and cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Hence, on excessively hot days, they come out of their pits in search of cooler, shaded places to take shelter.”

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