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Fearful Agra residents living in the shadow of skes

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Aug 2016 12:00 AM GMT

AGRA, Aug 9: The City of the Taj is gripped by fear. And it’s because of the reptiles that are sneaking into the residential areas almost every day. On Monday, a four-feet-long common Krait appeared at a Shiva temple in Mangoora village on Mathura Road. The large number of devotees who had gathered there panicked. A team from Wildlife SOS maged to capture the ske and later released it in the forest. The two-member rescue team identified the ske as Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus), considered to be one of the four most venomous skes found in the Indian subcontinent. After requesting the public to clear the area, the team of trained rescuers carefully transferred the ske into a container. “The ske was found to be in good health and was released back into its tural habitat,” an official said. Hatam, a member of the Wildlife SOS rescue team, said: “The devotees inside the temple were terrified and we had to ensure that they did not do anything to agitate the venomous ske. On sensing that we were trying to capture it, the Krait tried to defend itself by coiling up to hide its head and raising its tail. However, this made it easier for us to transfer it into the container.” Kartick Satyarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said: “Common Kraits seldom bite. (IANS)

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