An introduction to Saving Snakes

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Saving Snakes is a Bio-Ken Snake Farm initiative to help conserve snakes, and provide snake removal services.

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An introduction to Saving Snakes

  1. 1. SAVINGSNAKESA BIO-KEN REPTILECONSERVATION INITIATIVE.By Royjan Taylor - Director, Bio-Ken Snake Farm, Watamu.
  2. 2. WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO SAVE...FUZZY, SWEET, ADORABLE , LOVELY ...ETC..
  3. 3. WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO SAVE... Bio-Ken
  4. 4. THE MJINGA FORMULANO SNAKES = NO SNAKEBITEWhy not kill all oursnakes?
  5. 5. RATS- Rats have litters of 6-12young, which are born 21-23 days after mating.- They reach reproductivematurity in about 3months.- The average female has4-6 litters per year. - black-rat.jpg-With an average life spanof 18 months, one pair canproduce a colony of 2,000rats in a year.
  6. 6. HOW BAD IS THERAT BREEDING PROBLEMIt is estimated thatWorldwide, 3.5million rats areborn every day.
  7. 7. WHAT DO ALL THESE RATS EATIts estimated that totalcrop losses caused byrodents, mostly rats, eachyear would be enough tofeed 200 million people,nearly as many as thepopulation of Indonesia.
  8. 8. THE BLACK RAT Rattus rattusalso known as the sewerage rat, ship rat, the roof rat, therice field rat, and the bamboo rat.- In Pakistan, rats consume severalmillion tons of stored wheat grainannually.- In Bangladesh losses of grain storedinside houses are estimated at US$620million a year, in houses only.- In India, rats outnumber humans ten-fold.
  9. 9. AND IN AFRICA?Africa also suffers. In Tanzania, ratscan eat more than 80% of the plantedmaize seeds in an area. During badyears rats have wiped out hundreds ofsquare kilometres of maize, thecountrys staple crop, destroying 50%of the crop or more. All the Africancountries suffer like this includingmany parts of Kenya. - We need more data
  10. 10. RATS - THEY ARE VERY REALEVEN AT HOMEEveryone hasproblemswith Rats.- EAT OUR FOOD- CARRY DISEASES
  11. 11. RATS AND DISEASESRats also pose severe health risks. Foodcontamination is just the beginning.It was the black rat of East Asia that broughtthe Black Death (Bubonic Plague) to Europe,killing a third of the population.Plague is still a problem throughout the worldtoday, with annual outbreaks in parts of Africathat kill hundreds of people.
  12. 12. Saving SnakesTHEREFORE..Why not killONLY OUR VENOMOUSsnakes?
  13. 13. Speckled Sand SnakePsammophis punctulatus trivirgatus
  14. 14. SMALL SNAKES = SMALL FOOD,RELATIVE TO SIZE OF SNAKE GALANA
  15. 15. THE VENOMOUS SNAKESARE NATURES RAT EATING MACHINES
  16. 16. THE REALITYWHAT WE ARE SEEING
  17. 17. WHILE THIS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE SOME ENTHUSIASM
  18. 18. SOME GET VERY ENTHUSIASTIC
  19. 19. WHILE SOME GET TOO ENTHUSIASTIC
  20. 20. WE DONT WANT TO SEE THISANY MORE - THE PANGA JOB
  21. 21. AND WHAT WE WANT TO SEEKINDNESS AND COMPASSION
  22. 22. Venomous Snakes -Released in an appropriate place
  23. 23. Saving Snakes with KWSWhat we want tohappen...Saving snakes from beingkilled...KWS involvement...
  24. 24. Saving SnakesNOT JUST SNAKESRelated.......Local Ocean Trust:Watamu Turtle WatchTORTOISESLIZARDSCROCS
  25. 25. Saving SnakesOur Goals, and How to Get InvolvedPlease help to spread the word:● Saving Snakes on our Blog● Follow us via Social Media... Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube Link from your website to ours...Typical Costs Include: ● Snake finders fee ● Return transport of snake handler to scene ● Reptile care and husbandryBio-Ken Watamu has saved over 1,000 snakes in the last 5years....A good start but a tiny percentage of the amount that are needlessly killed in ourregion.
  26. 26. WISH LISTPARTNERSRegional Saving Snakes partners who have access to transport, and fundsrequired to carry out the work of Saving Snakes.Partners have been identified in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. We arecurrently sourcing more outreach partners.SPONSORSHIPDonations, both financial and in kind.We are looking for sponsors to join us in this conservationcampaign, and are working on a number of sponsorshippackages, from Title Sponsor, through to adoptingreptiles, and other ways to contribute.
  27. 27. SAVING SNAKESTHE INITIATIVEBio-Kens Savings Snakes conservationinitiative aims to reduce the number of snakesneedlessly killed. The program has beenrunning for many years in Watamu.We hope to expand Saving Snakes to cover theSub-Saharan region within 5 years througheducation, awareness and sponsorpartnerships.
  28. 28. EDUCATION - THE WAY TO GOLEWA W. C. Bio-Ken
  29. 29. THANK YOU KAKAMEGA
  30. 30. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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