World Snake Day

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2024 Date16 July 2024
2025 Date16 July 2025

World Snake Day

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World Snake Day History

World Snake Day seeks to create awareness about the important role snakes play in maintaining the ecological balance and promoting conservation efforts. Despite the negative perception and myths surrounding them, snakes are essential in controlling rodent populations and preventing the spread of diseases. India is home to around 300 snake species, and World Snake Day is a great time to promote the importance of snake conservation and dispels misconceptions.

Although the origins of this observance are not well-documented, the significance it holds in India can be traced back to the country's rich cultural heritage and mythology. Indian mythology showcased snakes, also known as Nagas, as sacred beings. Given the variety of snake species found in India, including the Indian Cobra, King Cobra, and Russell's Viper, this observance aims to draw attention to the declining populations of these species due to habitat loss and human-animal conflict. In recent years, initiatives like snake rescue and rehabilitation have been instrumental in saving many snake lives and raising awareness about their importance in the ecosystem.

In India, World Snake Day is observed through various educational and conservation activities such as awareness campaigns, snake awareness workshops, and exhibitions. These events aim to educate people about the essential role snakes play in the ecosystem, their proper handling, and the importance of their conservation. Nature clubs, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations actively participate in these events, organizing sessions led by wildlife experts and snake handlers to promote better understanding and appreciation for these reptiles. World Snake Day is observed annually on July 16.

World Snake Day facts

  • According to National Geographic, about 600 species of snake are venomous, and only about 200—seven percent—are able to kill or significantly wound a human
  • Snakes are capable of swallowing animals up to 75%-100% larger than their own heads.
  • There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they’re found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand
  • In Indian culture, the cobra is considered the king of serpents and is believed to possess incredible powers. The cobra is often referred to as Nag or Naga in Hindu mythology, and many stories revolve around these powerful beings, who are sometimes depicted as half-human and half-snake.
  • Lord Shiva, one of the most important gods in Hinduism, is often depicted with a snake around his neck, symbolizing his power over death and rebirth.

Top things to do in India for World Snake Day

  • Learn more about the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), a non-profit organization working to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.
  • Read through several snake stories. You can learn more about their social behaviors and what to do should you encounter one.
  • Watch Wild Karnataka (2019), a documentary that showcases the rich biodiversity of the southern Indian state, featuring snakes among other wildlife.
  • Read a book to learn more about snakes in India. Here are our recommendations:
    1. The Book of Indian Reptiles and Amphibians by J.C. Daniels
    2. Snakes of India: The Field Guide by Romulus Whitaker and Ashok Captain
    3. Venomous Snakes of India: A Guide to Snakebite & Identification by Deepak Veerappan

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