Forest Department has appealed to citizens that they should inform if they find snake charmers or persons carrying cobras on Nag Panchmi on August 2.
Some persons carry cobras on this day and move house to house asking for milk to feed them. Milk is not the natural food for snakes and they do not consume it. However, some persons fall prey to superstition. Such persons catch snakes from their burrows and make damages to habitat or injuring them while smuggling. Snake is an important link in the food-chain.
The citizens should contact toall free no: 1926 or Transit Treatment Centre on 0712-2515306. It is offence under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, to cause injuries to snakes or endanger them, said Dr Bharat Singh hada, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, on Monday.