Rescue & Rehabilitation

Rescue & Rehabilitation

Rescue & Rehabilitation

Rescue & Rehabilitation

Our volunteers take tremendous risks to safe guard the life of common man as well as the snakes.

  • Snake Helpline rescue snakes from human habitation and rehabilitate them in nearest suitable natural habitats in association with local forest officials.
  • Snake Helpline is duly authorized to rescue and rehabilitate snakes and etc. by the PCCF (WL) and CWLW of Odisha.

  • The mobile numbers of the rescuers can be obtained by calling 9337295142.

  • We have formulated the first occupational safety protocol in April 2017.
  • The snakes are rehabilitated in their nearest suitable natural habitats out of human habitation areas as per the protocol
  • The snakes are released back to wild within 12 hrs. of rescue if found with no apparent injuries.

Safety principles for snake rescuers:

✓ Wear ankle protected shoes and full pants.

✓ Carry along all the handling equipment, bags, torch etc.

✓ Obey the traffic rules while driving.

✓ Rescue the snake only when there is a clear case of conflict between the snake and humans or domestic animals.

✓ Avoid alcohol and any other materials of intoxication.

✓ Avoid wearing rings and other limb adorning ornaments (LAO) as they can lead to potentially dangerous complication in case of venomous snake bite.

✓ Do not perform any stunt with snakes.

Handle snakes with care:

✓ Use snake hooks and tongs in a humane manner so as to give minimum stress to the snake.

✓ Do not use smaller sized plastic bottles or jars.

✓ Do not use ‘killer’ tongs with lock & key mechanism. These tongs will surely damage the delicate vertebrae of the snake.

Try to avoid –

✓ Avoid head gripping of snakes as far possible.

✓ Never disturb a snake in the wild or in places where there is no human habitation or movement.

✓ Avoid snake to snake contact. Follow the ‘one snake, one bag’ rule.

✓ Avoid curious handling of dead snakes. A dead snake can deliver a single bite through reflex action of the muscles.

Care for the crowd:

✓ Try to disperse crowd and ask people maintain a safe distance and give space for rescue.

✓ Keep the pets away if present from the rescue area which may cause distraction.

✓ Don’t allow bystanders to handle any snake.

✓ Don’t allow selfie with snakes.

Relocation:

✓ The snakes should be released within 12 hrs. of the rescue.

✓ The optimal release time for most diurnal animals is approximately one hour after dawn and for most nocturnal animals is approximately one hour after dusk.

✓ If the snake is already confined in a bottle by public, don’t let the plastic litter the environment while releasing.

✓ Snakes must not be released into a national park/sanctuary unless the snake is earlier encountered in the national park.

✓ Do not release snakes while humans are around. People will vehemently oppose and rescuers face law and order situation in Odisha.