What if you see a snake in your house?
If this question was asked to the common man, the answer would certainly be to try to kill him, but Fahad Malik and his companions are not among the people as they raised the help of reptile animals, including snakes.
In Pakistan, it is common with regard to reptiles, including snakes, that they are dangerous and should be killed. That is why an overwhelming majority of the public looks at Fahad Malik and his colleagues with surprise and surprise when they see the message that they do not kill any creeping animal, including a snake.
Fahad says that if people see a snake anywhere and feel threatened, inform them because they and their partners will catch it and leave it in their natural habitat.
Fahad Malik, a resident of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, heads the Mission Awareness Foundation, Pakistan. The organization includes ten people, including Fahad, who are providing assistance for the reptiles in different cities of Pakistan.
Fahad has personally driven 30 snakes and hundreds of cows, turtles and other reptile animals from the cities over the past three years to their natural environment.
According to Fahad Malik, his hometown of Islampur Fifteen, sixteen years ago, was an area where there were agricultural lands and gardens where snakes were often found.
According to Fahad, ‘Our people used to kill him, which I used to get very upset about. I was nine, ten years old, and then for the first time, I saw two snakes, caught them and hid them in an empty room of the house.
‘After having a night out I took them away and left them. I was so happy when they ran fast. Just that day and the day I made it my life’s goal that I would help as many reptile animals as I could. ‘
Fahad Malik said that with the passage of time, his interest in snakes increased.
He said, “With no teacher’s time, I went on to study about snakes and reptiles, and soon learned which snakes are poisonous and which are not poisonous. How these snakes are caught and released. ‘
The best way to protect a snake
Fahd himself does catch a vile snake, but his strict advice to the public is that if they see a snake, do not try to catch it as it may be poisonous and cause harm. ”
He said, “The best way to protect a snake is to avoid it at all. Do not express any fear or reaction if walking or seeing a snake at any location. Let him go his way. He will never attack again. ‘
“Snakes and other creepy animals run away from humans,” Fahad said. If a snake feels that it can hurt, it attacks in its defense. ‘
The role of snakes in the natural ecosystem
According to Fahad Malik, over time, he learned that the role of snakes in the ecosystem is very important. “If snakes are reduced or disappeared, they can have very bad effects on the ecosystem.
Mice are the diet of snakes. They control the number of rats and protect the agricultural land from the harm caused by the rats. ‘
Hassan Taj, director of agriculture department of Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is also convinced by Fahd.
He said that during training trips to the Far East, he found that there were farms for snake growth, where low-lying snakes are nurtured and then left in the fields so that rats do not harm crops and land. Can reach.
“We need to provide awareness and training to our landlords so they can avoid killing snakes in the fields,” Malik said.
Snakes found in Pakistan
According to Naeem Ashraf Raja, director of the Department of Biological Diversity, there has been no recent research on snakes and reptiles in Pakistan for a long time, but according to research available a few years ago, there are 73 different types of snakes in Pakistan.
According to experts, about eight of these types of snakes are poisonous, four of which are found in Sangchor, Khepra, Lindi or Jalebi, Cobra or Nag and Kara all over Pakistan, while the rest are rare.
Naeem Ashraf Raja also said that with no recent research available, it is difficult to say whether the number of snakes has increased or decreased but due to the increase in population and construction, it can be said that other wildlife As such, their ammunition may have decreased.
According to Fahad Malik, until a few years ago, he was frequently receiving information about snakes from Lahore and the surrounding areas, but now the trend is very low.
‘Last year there were a few calls. Four, five months later this year, a call was received at the start of the monsoon. ”This clearly means that the number of snakes is declining.