To spot a snake in Madhya Pradesh, click the mouse

  • Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 21:02 IST

A first of its kind database that maps habitats, distribution, status and rarity of reptiles and amphibians found in Madhya Pradesh has been complied by a Ujjain-based snake rescue and rehabilitation society.

The web-based project complied by Snake Research Organisation (SRO) and uploaded on the official website of Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (MPSBB), has an unique interactive map, which on a click of a mouse highlights districts in green where a particular reptile or amphibian is found in the state.

The graphic compilation with rare photographs was sponsored by MPSBB.

Created by Mukesh Ingle, the founder of SRO, the database shows details like distribution, dietary habits, status, and whether the species is threatened or not and so on.

The reference list details 36 species of snakes, 23 species of lizards, 11 species of turtles, a species of each of crocodile and Ghariyal found in the state.

Ingle, who has studied reptiles and amphibian species in Madhya Pradesh for two decades, is also credited of reported the presence of five new frog species, four snake species and three lizard species, which had not been spotted in the state earlier.

"After we conducted our survey... we recorded 79 species of reptiles and 19 species of amphibians. Among reptiles, we recorded 39 species of snakes, 27 species of lizards, 11 species of turtles and tortoises and one species each of Crocodile and Gharial,” Ingle told HT.

“Based on the broader study...we thought it would be good if we can create a web database of reptiles of the state, which would be of great help to the people in the state, wildlife lovers and environmentalists."

Ingle said the database would also aid experts in conservation efforts and also to initiate conservation awareness among fringe village areas.

"Reptiles of MP have never been surveyed extensively and systematically. Our projects are filling this gap here."

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