The number of snakes found in the Indian city of Mumbai has risen compared to recent years: There were 130 snakes in the month of June alone, according to a report published by The Economist on Saturday (7). It was 13% growth compared to last year.
Photo of a man from India holding a snake in his hand, August 2, 2021 – Photo: Mahesh Kumar A/AP
Mumbai is a city of over 12 million people, however it is common for snakes to appear in urban areas.
In the middle of the year, India experiences heavy rains, which are affected by winds known as monsoons.
A man walks on a flooded street during heavy rain in Mumbai, India, June 9, 2021 – Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press
With more rain, more snakes appear in the city. But in recent years, other factors have caused more animals to appear on the streets: there are more piles of rubbish that attract snakes, and there is construction in woodland areas.
Some people confuse venomous snakes with venomous snakes. A report in The Times of India said that a man on the outskirts of Mumbai found a snake that he had put around his neck to show off in a commercial area of the city. The snake bit him three times and died.
Watch a 2016 video showing a snake caught in the engine of a motorcycle.
Poisonous snake stuck in motorbike engine in India
Hindus usually go to pray if they find a snake. A local government agency is trying to teach Indians how to distinguish a venomous snake from a poisonless snake.
On Friday (13) the Nag Panchami festival is held, during which the deities associated with snakes are celebrated in Hinduism. On the religious feast, women celebrate with snakes and offer milk to animals.
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