Basic Online Course in Snake Ecology

8th & 9th June 2024
4 PM to 6 PM | Google Meet

Why learn about snakes ?

The Basic Course in Snake Ecology will take you into the fascinating world of snakes. It will help you learn how snakes function and how you can co-exist with them.

  • Why do snakes flick their tongues? 
  • Can they hear?
  • What do they eat?
  • Where do they live?
  • Why do you see them often during a particular time of the year?
  • Do they lay eggs or give live birth?
  • Do they take revenge? or is that just a myth?
  • What can you do when you spot one?
  • What is snake rescue equipment? and more.

Of the 300 species of snakes, only the ‘Big Four’-Common Cobra, Russell’s Viper, Krait, and Saw-scaled Viper are responsible for most snake bites in India. 
And most people cannot identify these. They blindly kill every snake they come across.

Are you among them? Do you want to step away from this crowd? 

Learn from an expert herpetologist, TED Fellow2020, TEDx speaker and a king cobra biologist, P Gowri Shankar.
You can clarify myths looming at the back of your mind. Become better informed and confident to educate people and stop the mindless killing of snakes.

This is your chance to save a life.  Don’t miss it!

Highlights of the workshop

  • Discover the life of snakes, their habitats, identification methods, and more.
  • Learn do’s and dont’s when you spot a snake
  • Witness safe snake rescue methods
  • Know your rescue kit 
  • Understand first aid methods for snake bites
  • Note down wildlife laws and legal implications of snake rescue
  • Debunk myths and learn the facts

Dr P Gowri Shankar

Course Director

Herpetologist, TEDx Speaker, TEDFellow 2020

Gowri Shankar herpetologist

As a rescuer, researcher, public speaker, presenter, educator and conservationist, Gowri Shankar brings forth 360 degree perspective of snake rescue and conservation.

He wishes to educate people about snakes, help them overcome their fears, and learn to treat snakes with respect. He hopes someday these magnificent animals will get a fair chance to life

Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades. He completed his PhD at North Orissa University and is a former exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden. He was instrumental in initiating the pioneering radio telemetry study on king cobras and was able to discover the secret life of king cobras.

He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras. He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, NatGeoWild , Discovery Channel ‘Mysteries of Wild India’ and ‘The Cobra King’ by channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channel.

He was awarded the herpetologist of the year-2015 by the Swedish Herpetological Society. He is a TEDFellow 2020 and a TEDx speaker

More about Gowri at : http://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/

Priyanka Swamy
PhD Student, University of Mysore

Priyanka has diverse experience across ecological field and laboratory work. As part of the Phylogeography of king cobras project, she has travelled to king cobra habitats across the world and has experience with phylogenetic and population genetics tools to understand evolutionary and biogeography patterns and assist conservation prioritisation. She has also addressed questions related to diversity pattern, population structure and drivers of diversification of the Ranids of the Western Ghats and other herpetofauna.

An excellent environment educator, she has co-conducted a wide range of outreach programs for diverse audiences from school and college students, to forest officials, researchers, and enthusiasts.

She is now embarking on her PhD project on Malabar pit vipers which will mark the beginning of a topic long-awaited to be discovered.


Open to ALL above 18 years.


Dates: 8 & 9th June 2024
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
On Google Meet
Batch Size: 25


Rs. 1,555/-

Participation certificate is awarded on completing the course.

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