Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes, is one of the most common phobias known to man. In fact, studies have shown that one in three adults suffers from this phobia. This is mostly because snakes have a bad reputation for being poisonous and dangerous. People often resort to killing this reptile, when they come across one. But Chennai Snake Park Trust wants to change this perception.
The trust in association with the Bay of Life Surf School & Surf Shop is conducting a special workshop called Scientific Training on Reptile Management (STORM) for children and adults with the aim of teaching people how to ‘get rid of their snake phobia’.
Conducted by noted herpetologist Gowri Shankar– who is an expert in the ecology of King Cobras–the workshop will teach the participants how to identify, rescue and relocate snakes. It will also teach them about the legal issues and conservation implications.
While a special one-day workshop will be held for kids on January 26 at Chennai Snake Park 9 AM onwards, a two-day certification workshop will be held for adults on January 27 and 28 at the Chennai Snake Park, Guindy from 9 AM to 5 PM.
“This workshop in Chennai in collaboration with The Chennai Snake Park Trust and Bay of Life 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,” the Bay of Life Surf School wrote on its website.
Anyone aged 18 or above can participate in the workshop. However, interested participants will have to pay a fee of Rs 6,510. So if you want to get rid of the fear of snakes or if you want to enhance your knowledge about the reptile, hurry up register now!