There are currently snakes on the campus. The picture below was taken in one of the new hostel blocks!
A 1.5+ meter long snake waiting to enter the bedroom!
The land of snakes
-The snake is a powerful symbol in Indian mythology and Hinduism. The snake represents rebirth, death and mortality due to the casting of its skin (symbolic rebirth).
-Snakes are worshipped all over India. Practices vary from region to region and include human food/flower offering, carved representations of snakes and festivals/temples solely dedicated to snakes.
-Snake charming, the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument, is common in India. The snake responds to the movement of the instrument, not the actual noise.
India is home to many venomous snakes. 250,000 snakebites are recorded in a single year, with as many as 50,000 recorded deaths.
When travelling in snake areas, follow the safety advices from Netdoctor:
-Wear long boots and trousers.
-Do not put your hands into holes or dark cavities.
-Make noises/vibrations in the surroundings as snakes react to 'shaking' and prefer to flee if given the chance (exceptions include Australian Taipans and Puff adders).
-Avoid going out in a snake area when it is dark as snakes prefer to evade bright light (take a strong torch with you if you need to go out in darkness)
-Stand completely still in presence of a snake as most snakes predominantly attack moving targets.
-Do not touch a snake in the wild. Only if someone has been bitten should you make sure that the snake is killed and take it along for identification. Put it in a sack that can be held away from the body or hold it by its tail.
-If bitten, seek medical care immediately.