No, Really—They’re Cool! An Introduction to India's Snakes
When you think of India’s snakes, do you picture Kaa, the giant rock python in The Jungle Book who was Mowgli’s nemesis? Well, the real story of India’s snakes is a lot more diverse and not nearly as scary. Because most people don’t know a lot about snakes, they are often misunderstood. Most of India’s 270 snake species are harmless to humans, but their elusive nature maintains their mythical aura, with only a fraction of them ever seen in the wild. India’s snakes come in a huge range of sizes, from just a couple of inches long to almost 30 feet. Their colors and patterns rival those of butterflies, while their grace and fluidity are unmatched in nature. Snakes are found across the subcontinent, in scorching deserts, humid forests, cooler foothills, lakes and streams, and even in the sea. From the tiny worm snake to the largest python, from the graceful flying snake to the majestic king cobra, Expedition Leader Conan Dumenil introduces several key species and how to identify them. Find out about their interesting characteristics, their diverse wild habitats, and their cultural status in a land where snakes are simultaneously feared and revered.
Originally presented June 15, 2021
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