Last week the Kalyan Range of Thane Territorial Wing of the Forest Department caught a group of individuals illegally selling 4 Red Sand Boa snakes and a Flapshell turtle at exorbitant rates. 9 eggs of the turtle were also recovered during the seizure.
Red Sand Boas and Soft Shell turtles are one of the most poached species in the local markets.
People buy them because of the ritual/myth and blind faith behind these species which are in great demand and illegally possessed for the purpose of black magic and other illegal and unscientific activities.
These species go through alot of cruelty during their poaching where they are hunted from their natural habitat , kept in extreme conditions with no hygiene, proper food and water , transported in inhumane conditions just for easy money. The reptiles were handed over to our team for medical examination and necessary actions.
Most unfortunate part was to learn that self claimed snake rescuers were a part of this racket
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Please do not support wildlife trade , hunting and poaching. Please do not believe in unscientific information , myths and beliefs. Please be alert and report such activities on 1926 toll free helpline of Forest Department