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Locals kill 30 Russel's Viper in Nilphamari

Published : Monday, 24 June, 2024 at 11:21 PM  Count : 453

Locals kill 30 Russel's Viper in Nilphamari

Locals kill 30 Russel's Viper in Nilphamari

Locals have killed a large Russell's Viper, along with 29 snakelets, near the embankment of Shaulmari Alsiya Char in Nilphamari's Jaldhaka upazila.

The incident took place around 4pm on Monday, when residents spotted the snakelets of the Russell's viper wriggling near a pit close to the Tista River embankment in Alsiya Char in Kaimari union.
Rashidul Islam, the secretary of Kaimari Union Parishad, said villagers gathered and killed the 29 snakelets and their mother by beating them with sticks and burying them in the ground.

Sadikul Siddik, chairman of Kaimari Union Parishad, said that locals killed the snakes before confirming whether they were Russell's vipers or another species. He further added that the possibility of these snakes being Russell's vipers was high.

The Russell's Viper is a protected species under Section 6(1) of the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 2012. These snakes play a significant role in maintaining environmental balance and biodiversity by controlling rodent populations and contributing to the production of life-saving medicines from their venom. Killing these snakes is a punishable offense, and the public is advised against such actions.

While the presence of Russell's Vipers is alarming, it is essential to note that human encounters with these snakes are unlikely. These snakes typically inhabit lowland grasslands, thickets, open forests, and agricultural areas, avoiding human settlements. Their earth-colored bodies allow them to blend seamlessly with the ground, increasing the risk of accidental encounters.

Russell's Vipers are excellent swimmers and have spread to different regions of Bangladesh through river currents and floodwaters. Consequently, the public is urged to exercise increased caution, especially in flood-prone areas.

Bangladesh Forest Department is implementing various measures to address the situation. Local authorities and community organizations are requested to conduct awareness programs to educate the public about safety measures and the importance of preserving wildlife.


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