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As I complete 175 rescues in 2 years (since 22.2.22), today, I had 3 Cobras and 1 rat snake rescue. For the second time in less than a month, I have this overwhelming feeling about rescues. This happens when the rescue either has been tricky or if the venomous snake was too big for my comfort. Here’s my take on what the last 2 years have taught me.

Being a snake rescuer is a commitment that transcends the conventional understanding of bravery and service. It is a calling that demands not just courage but an unwavering dedication to the delicate balance of life, where the line between predator and protector blurs. The individuals who embrace this path do so with a recognition of the inherent value of all creatures, big and small, venomous or not. However, the nobility of this pursuit is often accompanied by a silent toll that others seldom see.

Available around the clock, snake rescuers stand on the frontline of human-wildlife conflict, navigating the thin line between fear and fascination that snakes inspire in the human psyche. These rescuers delve into situations where most would hesitate, rescuing venomous snakes from the proximity of human habitation. Our work is not just about the physical act of rescue but involves a deep understanding of snake behavior, a respect for these misunderstood creatures, and a commitment to conservation. Each call we respond to is a step towards mitigating fear, fostering coexistence, and educating the public about the ecological value snakes bring to our environment.

Yet, the emotional landscape of a snake rescuer is complex and often unspoken. The strain of being perpetually on call, the adrenaline of handling potentially deadly snakes, and the emotional weight of sometimes dealing with a tricky rescue can be crushing. The emotional resilience required to face these challenges day after day is immense. Behind each successful rescue, there is a story of personal sacrifice, of moments lost with family/friends/work, of endless hours spent in the quiet company of danger.

The risk involved cannot be overstated. Each venomous snake rescue is a calculated gamble, a moment where life hangs in balance, underscored by the understanding that a single mistake could be fatal. This constant brush with danger is a stark reminder of the fragility of life, both human and reptile. Yet, despite these risks, snake rescuers persist, driven by a profound belief in the sanctity of all life and the importance of biodiversity.

It’s easy to overlook the emotional and physical toll such work takes on rescuers, to see only the outcome and not the cost. As beneficiaries of our work, it is crucial for the community to acknowledge, support, and appreciate the vital role snake rescuers play in not only safeguarding human lives but also in preserving our natural heritage. We, at Malhar have done a fabulous job on this front and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this community and the rescue team.

Whether it’s through funding, volunteering, or simply spreading awareness, everyone can make a difference in our lives, just as our efforts make a difference in yours. The path of a snake rescuer is a testament to the profound connection between humans and nature, a reminder that in saving the lives of these often misunderstood creatures, we are also saving a part of ourselves.

All my rescues from Feb 2022 till date are documented here.


  • Prithvi says:

    Very well articulated, Sandeep! Thanks for writing this.

  • T.Suresh says:

    Dear sir,your contrubution to the society and nature is of great appreciation n a love comes from heart,where the small God created one the creatures unknown come in contact with human and ofcource we cannot find the nature lover as you n you know the fate of them but the God also created people like you to remind that ,how to Love the mother nature and the returns.
    God bless.

  • Srinivas says:

    massive thank you 🙏

  • Tina says:

    So well written. Was good to get this insight. Needless to say, ensuring that you have/create/find a support system that helps you address the mental toll, is paramount. Your mental health will define the health of your surroundings. Big cheers to you and your wonderful allies! Stay safe and happy ❤️

  • Savi says:

    Great piece 👌 Very well written 👊

  • Monisha Boopathi says:

    Well articulated ! Bravoooo and kudossss🎉🎉🎉

  • Sumedha says:

    I think it’s really understated how you and everyone who does this is always available and drop most things to be there to help people in the community and potentially save the life of these snakes. It’s really difficult for people who don’t do this to understand the kind of emotional and physically repercussions of this. I’m sure it’s thrilling and terrifying at the same time. Really proud of you for being consistent and glad you’ve been safe and unharmed by this 🤍

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