Pune: The residents of Baner-Pashan area had organised a workshop and a talk show to create awareness and to identify the types of snakes. The event took place on Sunday.
Dr Vinayak Mane, a practising surgeon in Bhosari, spoke on how to treat a snakebite victim. Snake rescuer Deepak Sharma spoke on types on snakes and how to identify them. Around 50 people from the Baner-Pashan area was present at the workshop, which was organised at Crystal Garden Society Community Hall.
Event organiser Raghunath Iyer said, “The main reason behind organising this program is because recently an 11-year-old boy was bitten by a poisonous snake. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and is stable.”
To save a person bitten by a snake, Mane said, “The person should not panic. The venom spreads more quickly when the heart beats increase. Also, part of the body where the snake had bitten should not be tightened extensively as it may cause gangrene. Also, no one should try to suck out the venom and the person should be taken to a hospital as soon as possible.”
Sharma said, “There are 18 to 22 types of non-venomous snakes. Only five types of venomous snakes are found in the city. ”
He also said, “Snakes only bite when they feel endangered. And they are found in homes as they come here for the search of food. If a snake is found at anyone’s residence, he should be picked up with a long stick and thrown outside the house."
Venomous snake - Cobra, Russell’s Viper, Common Krait are more poisonous and mostly found everywhere. While saw-scaled viper, Bamboo Pit Viper are most poisonous but are not found everywhere. The non-venomous snakes are- rat snake, trinket snake, wood snake,Green Keelback snake, green vine snake, Kukri snake, Common Cat Snake, Indian Rock Python, Common Wolf Snake, Common Sand Boa, Banded Racer, Banded Kukri Snake, Black Headed Royal Snake, Common Bronzeback Tree Snake, Dog-faced Water Snake