Q: Often herpetofauna rescued from urban spaces cannot be reintroduced at the original home range due to human pressure. Is it advisable to release them in some other favorable ranges? What can be some other feasible measures? Have some studies been done on human-herpetofauna conflict in any indian city?

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Answer from Romulus Whitaker (who is herpetologist, wildlife conservationist and founder of the Madras Snake Park, The Andaman and Nicobar Environment Trust (ANET), and the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust):

In the case of a non-venomous snake, depending on the circumstances and attitudes of the people concerned, it is sometimes possible to convince them that removing a non-venomous snake may open up a niche for a venomous snake to move into, so it’s best to leave the (often rodent-eating) snake be … Read More