Endangered ‘two-headed snake’ rescued in Hyderabad

"The Boa is healthy. We will release it into the wild after informing the forest officer," Avinash Visvanathan, FoSS

By Author   |   Published: 3rd Oct 2017   12:13 am
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Red Sand Boa rescued near cancer hospital at Banjara Hills.

Hyderabad: A five-foot-long, fully grown Red Sand Boa — commonly known as ‘two-headed’ snake — was rescued near cancer hospital at Banjara Hills by traffic police and Friends of Snakes Society (FoSS).

On Monday morning, the traffic police spotted the Red Sand Boa, which is called double-headed because of its flat tail that resembles a head, in the middle of the road. They rescued it and informed the members of FoSS. On receiving the information, one of the volunteers of the society, SR Sooraj Krishna, responded immediately and reached the spot within minutes.

According to a mail that was addressed to FoSS, the Traffic Police, Banjara Hills, explained how the volunteer swung into action within minutes and also took time to explain in detail about the many superstitious beliefs attributed to them because of their double-headed appearance.
Apparently, the traffic police first spotted the snake and kept it safely in the police station before the rescue volunteer arrived.

“The snake was spotted near cancer hospital. Since the stretch is always busy, there were chances that the snake might be killed or injured if anyone accidentally hit it,” Avinash Visvanathan, general secretary of Friends of Snakes Society, said.

“The Boa is healthy and it is currently housed at the society’s rescue centre at Sainikpuri. We will release it into the wild after informing the forest officer,” he said.

By law, the team is not permitted to reveal where the snake was released. The non-venomous Red Sand Boa is a protected species under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. It is endangered because of superstitious beliefs, such as it brings good luck and cures AIDS, attributed to its double-headed appearance.

The FoSS has rescued about 2,500 snakes in a span of nine months this year from various parts of the twin cities, of which more than 50 per cent were venomous snakes. In the case of a snake sighting, contact: +91 83742 33366

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