Get over the fear of snakes, know more about them

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN: Un­til yes­ter­day, Deepali Ahire, 17, was afraid of snakes.

She got over her fear to some ex­tend af­ter she vis­ited an aware­ness ses­sion on snakes in Kalyan’s Re­gency Nir­man Lim­ited.

“I used to con­sider them dan­ger­ous. To­day, I re­al­ized they can be mankind’s best friend. I got to know more about snakes, their habi­tat and how they need us to save them,” said Ahire, a stu­dent of Sakaram Seth Vidyalay, Kole­gaon Dom­bivli.

She was one of the 300 stu­dents from the school

who vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion on Satur­day.

The snake aware­ness

pro­gramme will con­tinue till Sun­day 9pm.

Santosh Davakhar, 33, a snake res­cuer from Dom­bivli, is telling vis­i­tors all about snakes and giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on dif­fer­ent types of snakes found across In­dia.

Davakar is us­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to con­duct sem­i­nars and lec­tures dur­ing the event so that peo­ple get to know more about snakes.

“Not all snakes are poi­sonous as peo­ple think. Mostly peo­ple ei­ther run, pick up a stick or stone when they see a snake. But, it will be help­ful if they know about snakes,” said Davakhar.

The posters and ban­ners at the venue give all in­for­ma­tion about dif­fer­ent kinds of snakes.

Also, an au­dio-vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion at the venue makes the learn­ing in­ter­est­ing.

“We are likely to have more than 6,000 vis­i­tors at the ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Davakhar, who has been a snake res­cuer for the past 10 years.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Santosh Davakhar, a snake res­cuer, talks to stu­dents at the ex­hi­bi­tion at Kalyan on Satur­day.

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