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Prince Charming: N. Sadiq Ali (right), Executive Committee Member of Nilgiris Wildlife Environment Association, during the training on snake rescue and handling at the VOC Park on Friday.
Prince Charming: N. Sadiq Ali (right), Executive Committee Member of Nilgiris Wildlife Environment Association, during the training on snake rescue and handling at the VOC Park on Friday.

A snake will no more play traffic police on Coimbatore roads, if the five employees of the Coimbatore Corporation Zoo at VOC Park have learnt their lessons well.

They were on Friday told how to tame the ‘deadly' reptiles, study their habits and even care for them by N. Sadiq Ali, a snake rescuer and Executive Committee member of Nilgiris Wildlife Environment Association (NWEA).

The training was on handling cobra, russell's viper, and rat snake, and was aimed at equipping the staff with the knowledge on the characteristics and behavioural pattern of snakes, A. Sivakumar, another Executive Committee member of NWEA, said.

The five employees were also trained to feed the snakes, and analyse their health condition through their behavioural patterns, said C.R. Jayaprakash, Executive Committee Member of the NWEA. The training comes at a time when Coimbatoreans have no professionals to turn to when they come across a snake. The Fire and Rescue Services Personnel lack adequate trained personnel in handling snakes. Private snake charmers cash in on the situation, and charge heaven and sky to get the reptiles into gunny bags.

District Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu also said the services of snake rescuers, reptile handling experts in Coimbatore, and Mr. Sadiq Ali would be made use of for training the field staff of the Forest Department, so that they would be ready next time a snake blows the whistle and stops life anywhere in the city or suburbs.

Training in snake handling and rescue

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