Scientific Training on Reptile Management(STORM)


What is this workshop about?

‘Snake wrangling’ has assumed a glamorized stead that leaves behind realities and ethics. And with more people wanting to try their hand at it, they not only risk their own lives but endanger the lives of snakes they supposedly ‘rescue’.

This workshop at Mysore in collaboration with ‘Snake Shyam’ introduces basics about reptiles, identification methods of snakes, snake rescue protocols, equipment, legal issues and conservation implications. The highlight is an opportunity to attend live snake rescue calls where participants practically learn everything about rescue and relocation of snakes.

Who can attend?

Anybody over 18 yrs of age, who has a keen interest and passion to learn about snakes, snake rescuers who would like to hone their skills, those who are considering herpetology as a career choice, and those who want to get over their fear of snakes.

When & Where?
Assemble at 9:30 am
Brindavan Extn,
Near PK TB Hospital,


We will be on call on both days i.e. whenever there is a rescue call the team will be on the move.

Day 1:

  • Discussion: Introduction to reptiles
  • Snake Taxonomy: Identification of snakes through scale counts
  • Rescue techniques using professional equipments
  • On the move–snake rescue
  • Practical session: How not to rescue snakes

Day 2:

  • Discussion: First aid for snake bites
  • Maintaining a studbook
  • Legal Issues
  • On the move–snake rescue
  • Environmental education and awareness during rescues
  • Identifying relocation sites and Snake release.
  • Reflection & Departure

Gowri Shankar:

Gowri Shankar has been involved with reptiles for more than a decade and has worked at some of the premier reptile conservation centres in India. He honed his skills in captive management of snakes at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/ Centre for herpetology and has also authored several peer reviewed papers.  He has been studying king cobras in the wild for the last six years. He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras and has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel,NatGeoWild and Discovery Channel respectively.

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Snake Shyam:

‘Snake Shyam’ , originally M.S. Balasubramaniam, is an integral part of Mysore’s  herpetological scene. He has been rescuing snakes since 1982 with an undeterred passion and deep concern for these ophidians. With over 25,200 snakes recorded in his log book, his data and experience is a precious treasure. He now has a terrarium to keep snakes till before their release every weekend. He was featured in ‘Croc Chronicles: Snakes, Karma, Action ‘ on National Geographic and also has a street in Mysore named after him. His flamboyant attire and his humility is a big win among young and old alike. 

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