Delhi records 8 new Species of Snakes

After an extensive five-year study by researchers from Delhi University, eight more species were added to the list of snakes in Delhi.

Highlights

  • With the addition of eight species, number of snake species recorded in Delhi is increased to 23.
  • It has updated 1997 list mentioned in ”Fauna of Delhi” book. This book is widely used to track native species in Delhi.
  • Study was conducted by Gaurav Barhadiya, researcher from Department of Environmental Studies in Delhi University.
  • As per study, there are 329 snakes in 23 species and 9 families.

What are the new additions?

Common bronzeback tree snake, common cat snake, common trinket snake, common kukri, common sand boa, barred wolf snake, streaked kukri, and saw-scaled viper are the new additions in species of snakes.

How Data was collected?

Techniques such as pitfall traps, opportunistic encounters, road kills encounters and nocturnal road cruising were used to collect data. Secondary information on snake rescue were also taken from NGOs like Wildlife Trust of India and Fauna Foundation of India.

Concerns over population

Rapid urbanization is the main cause of concerns for reptilian population, including snakes in cities. Green spaces are reducing with increasing urbanisation. Thus, future planning should include plans for preservation of green spaces and wildlife.

How Delhi is an important site for conservation?

Delhi is an important site for conservation because it is a part of ancient Aravalli mountains. Though, it has now fragmented either in the form of urban forests or urban parks. Despite that, it experiences regular snake occurrences across houses, gardens and industrial areas. Thus, Delhi still has good potential and provides an opportunity to conserve native flora, fauna and biodiversity.

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