Soaring temperatures in the National Capital Region have drawn reptiles out of their natural habitat in search of cooler places. NGO volunteers involved in rescue and relief operations have remained on their toes to deal with such incidents.
On Monday, the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit – a non-profit organization working to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals – said it was busy answering a plethora of reptile rescue calls in the worst places. more unexpected – bedrooms, storage rooms, and even window sills!
“Spotting a reptile in your own home can be an extremely stressful situation. However, it is essential to remember that reptiles act defensively or bite only when provoked. So keep your distance and contact a professional as soon as possible,” Wasim Akram, Deputy Director, Special Projects, Wildlife SOS, said.
The Rapid Response Unit has been called in for the urgent rescue of a six-foot-long Indian rat snake coiled around the bed of a residence at Silver Oak Farm, Ghitorni in South East Delhi. Shocked to see their bed used by a snake, residents immediately contacted Wildlife SOS on their hotline (+91-9871963535), which operates 24 hours a day to rescue animals in distress.
The snake was carefully extracted from the bedpost and transferred to a carrier.
In a separate incident last week, a young black-headed king snake was found in the storage area of a residence at Madrasa Road, Kashmere Gate in North Delhi. The snake was nestled between various unused objects, creating the perfect place to rest from the heat!
Also, in another incident, the Wildlife SOS team rushed to the rescue of a three-foot-long monitor lizard at DMRC apartments, Sarita Vihar in South Delhi. The reptile was first seen crawling along the windowsill but stuck between the panes. Rescuers carefully extracted the reptile and transferred it to a carrier.
The three reptiles were then released into the wild. Reptiles are ectothermic, meaning they must use outside sources to regulate their body temperature. Therefore, they seek shade and shelter during hot summer days to stay cool.
“Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that are more active during the summer. Over the years people have become more aware of this behavior and contact our helpline as soon as they spot a reptile,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of SOS Faune.
The above article was published from a telegraphic source with minimal changes to the title and text.