Bengaluru property owners: Prepare for reptile guests!
- There is a property boom in Bengaluru North, near the international airport.
- The boom has also led to an invasion of forest lands in the area.
- The reptiles in the area are now stumbling into homes.
Wildlife teams in Bengaluru have been run ragged thanks to the ever increasing calls for the removal of snakes, who have found their traditional lands in the middle of a sudden construction boom.
From kitchens to bathrooms to bedrooms, these snakes are regularly being spotted inside houses. Each time, if informed, rescue teams rush to the spot and capture the snake safely.
Every day at least 30 calls are reported from these areas.
Sharath Babu, a BBMP Wildlife volunteer, however, feels that people should be prepared to welcome an entire biodiversity as their guests since - "These areas were not in City Corporation limits. Now with IT and BT growing in leaps and bounds, the forest area in shrinking."
"Apart from rescuing snake from homes, we also get rescue calls about animals like Pangolin and Mongoose in these areas," he added.
"The residents are advised not to panic. They should call wildlife volunteers. In few a cases, people try to handle the reptile or animal themselves. But this could prove fatal," Vivek, a wildlife volunteer from North Bengaluru, said.