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STORM – Scientific Training on Reptile Management, a one of a kind Snake Workshop in Chennai, India. A pioneering initiative by the Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology in association with bay of Life conservation is aimed at all those people who have taken the leap from abhorring reptiles to understanding and learning to co-exist with them. Be it novice snake rescuers, students, enthusiasts who would like to hone their knowledge or others who want to learn right and ethical methods of handling them, this comprehensive bi-series snake workshop is an open door to learning about reptiles.

Note: Certificate of Participation will be given on completion of the snake workshop.

What is this workshop about?

‘Snake wrangling’ has assumed a glamorized stead that leaves behind realities and ethics. And with more people wanting to try their hand at it, they not only risk their own lives but endanger the lives of snakes they supposedly ‘rescue’.
This workshop at Chennai in collaboration with The Chennai Snake Park Trust and Bay of Life introduces basics about reptiles, identification methods of snakes, snake rescue protocols, equipment, legal issues and conservation implications. The highlight is an opportunity to attend live snake rescue calls where participants practically learn everything about rescue and relocation of snakes.

Who can attend?

Anybody over 18 yrs of age, who has a keen interest and passion to learn about snakes, snake rescuers who would like to hone their skills, those who are considering herpetology as a career choice, and those who want to get over their fear of snakes.

When & Where?

Time: 9:30am
Location: The Chennai Snake Park Guindy
Rs.4780/- : Two days with certification

Itinerary:

We will be on call on both days i.e. whenever there is a rescue call the team will be on the move.

Day 1:

Discussion: Introduction to reptiles
Snake Taxonomy: Identification of snakes through scale counts

  • Rescue techniques using professional equipments
  • Snake rescue practical session
  • How not to rescue snakes

Day 2:

Discussion: First aid for snake bites
Maintaining a studbook
Legal Issues
On the move–snake rescue:

  • Sea Snake Exploration and Tracking in the wild*
  • Environmental education and awareness during rescues
  • Identifying relocation sites and Snake release.
  • Reflection & Departure

Course Fee:

Rs.4780/- : Two days with certification
Includes: Program costs, Education materials and Donation to Chennai Snake Park Trust.
Does not include: Travel, Travel during rescues, Accommodation or food.

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Who is conducting the camp?

Gowri Shankar:

Gowri Shankar has been involved with reptiles for more than a decade and has worked at some of the premier reptile conservation centres in India. He honed his skills in captive management of snakes at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/ Centre for herpetology and has also authored several peer reviewed papers. He has been studying king cobras in the wild for the last six years. He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras and has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel,NatGeoWild and Discovery Channel respectively.

More about Gowri at : http://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/

GOWRI SHANKAR S R GANESH

KCRE Chennai Snake Park Trust Bay of Life S R Ganesh

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