Snakes of Telangana: An annotated checklist with new locality records and notes on natural history

Authors

  • Avinash Visvanathan Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Sandeep Anne Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Aditya Kesav Kolli Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Sathwik Mohan Vangari Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v29i1.16316

Abstract

With every growing human population and the resultant shrinkage of natural habitats, snakes are frequently encountered in and around human settlements, leading to widespread human-wildlife conflict. Conservation efforts involve rescue & relocation of 'stray' snakes, to mitigate snakebites, human deaths & snake mortality. We utilized snake rescue data of Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, recorded between the years 1995 and 2020, to present an annotated snake checklist for Telangana, along with their distribution. Further, opportunistic encounters and temporary captive care of the rescued species yielded significant insights into habitat preferences, dietary choices, aposematic responses, breeding cycles, etc., of various species of this region.

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Published

2022-08-04

How to Cite

Visvanathan, A., Anne, S., Kolli, A. K., & Vangari, S. M. (2022). Snakes of Telangana: An annotated checklist with new locality records and notes on natural history. Reptiles & Amphibians, 29(1), 279–285. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v29i1.16316