The surprise element in the three-day Ratnagiri mountaineering camp organised by Nature Knights was the ‘Snake familiarisation’ session by the Ratnadurg Mountaineers. For some of us, it was a pleasant surprise while for others it was perhaps a dreadful one.
A bagful of snakes. All captured/rescued from the human habitat around Ratnagiri town, and ready to be let out to the forests. The session was to make us, the city folks, understand and appreciate the ‘other’ friends around us. There were a few varieties of them. Some of us touched them, felt them, and almost all of us allowed the rat snake to coil around our necks. The smaller snakes remained agile and ready to attack while they found their way through the many shaky fingers and some muscle-flexing arms. It was mixed feelings for us. Fear, awe, excitement, shock … something unimaginable. All of a 12×10 room. Over 20 people. And about six snakes wondering where on earth are they!
‘She’ in thecouple was certainly fearless. ‘He’ said that he was busy clicking the photos and did not get time to try it. But you get the truth. Old fears die hard. 🙂