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Mangalore: Brave Women Capture Endangered Species of Snake

Mangalore: Brave Women Capture Endangered Species of Snake

Chandrashekar Shetty

Mangalore, Nov 9: In a brave act, women at a township in Kochady here captured an endangered species of a snake which had strayed into their compound.

The incident was reported at Landlinks Township in Konchady on Wednesday November 7.

'Indian Red Sand Boa' (Iruthale in Tulu and Mannumukka in Kannada), a non-venemous but rare species which is listed in the endangered category, was spotted inside the township.

The women who found the snake showed the courage to catch it and transfer it to bag. They then called snake catcher Gangesh Bolur and asked him to take the snake to Pilikula snake park.

The snake measured 53 inches in length.

The women who caught the snake were Laxmi Bhat, Meenakshi, Rashmi, Keerthana Shetty, Shailaja and others.

Indian Red Sand Boa is believed to bring luck, and for this reason, is often used in black magic. Illegal trade and smuggling of the species has further led to its decline. The snake is listed under schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

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  • Karan, Katapadi/Dubai

    Mon, Nov 12 2012

    This is very rare to see and I remember I had seen this in my school days. This is called "Malund" in Konkani.

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  • Dominic Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 12 2012

    Wild animals like the neelgiri sambar ( about 5 feet in height )with huge antlers roams around near the DIG's residence at maryhill every night .I was lucky to see this magnificient animal right in front of my car at about 11pm. Around the runway of Mangalore airport there was a bison roaming around recently.There is alot of thick vegetation around these areas.

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  • jigmig, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 11 2012

    Where there is will there is way. Mangalorean women, if they make up their mind, they can achieve anything. May god bless them.

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  • chandru, Landlinks

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    The snake was in a hole for 11 days. We were waiting for it to come out for 2 days but thought that it might have gone in the night. Really surprised to see it scrolling out on 11 day. Hats off to the women here who caught it before others came. All had been instructed not to kill and to hand-over it to park. Gangesh has been very informative. The length of the snake surprised even the snake catcher.

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  • Sadanand, Surathkal

    Sat, Nov 10 2012

    Mr. Gangesh Bolar is a veteran snake catcher in Mangalore and is expert in handling all types of snakes including poisonous ones.He is even certified by Pilikula Nisargadama for doing such work.For the benefit of Mangaloreans he is available on 9880337425.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    The ladies did a god job by capturing the snake which is an Endangered Species. Most people are scared of snakes but these women were fearless. I hope the snake is sent to the right place.

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  • mudartha l, kankanady,mangalore.L

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    if chainaes found, then sand boa chips.

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  • jeevan, bolar

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    dear RSRB, Kundapura / KSA
    The man in second snap is Mr.Gangesh Bolar who catches venemous snakes around mangalore. This is for kind info. Do not judge by the pose.

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  • Anitha D'souza, Pangla/Shankerpura

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    Excellent job!Brave women.....Should appriciate their courage.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / KSA

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    See the 2nd snap. The man is still scared to even watch, when women are playing with it.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumair G MBBS DGO DNB , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    Women of Konchady are brave May god bless them

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    Even if it is non poisonous snake, it takes courage to catch it alive and put it in a bag. Great job done by these women.

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  • Richard Lobo, Shirva/Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    First time I am seeing this snake in the Photo. Never seen this kind of snake before even grown in Mangalore village and allmost seen all varities of snakes.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    A Nice Catch from the brave women of Kochady.The same kind of snake I came across in my vaccation,it's two headed looks bit nervous.

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    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    One more Guest to PHILI-KULA Snake Park.

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  • Sunil,

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    Good Job ladies

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  • Fayaz Ahmed, Karkala

    Fri, Nov 9 2012

    Good job from our sisters. First thing we do when we see snakes, we think it venomous and try to kill. Where as these ladies have shown good courage and saved a endangered and rarely found snake. Excellent. Keep it up.

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