MUMBAI : When on Saturday morning, Santosh Kudu, a farmer from Bordi in Dahanu, went to fetch some onions kept on the second floor of his bungalow, he was in for a surprise! He found a Green Vine snake  (Biological name :Oxybelis fulgidus) from a bunch of white onions hanging from the ceiling! Shockingly, he found the mother snake delivering baby snakes and each one of them were falling on the ground and moving around the entire room!

Kudu said, my mother had told me to fetch some white onions which we usually keep on the second floor of our home, and is hung from the ceiling. We use the room for storing food grains and other articles, and so when I went to fetch the onions, I saw the snake delivering baby snakes which was dropping on the floor. I counted around 23 baby snakes which was snaking through the entire room and I was shocked,said Kudu.

Immediately, I shut the door behind me, and called my friend Raymond D'souza, who is a snake catcher and associated with the Widlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) Dahanu and he came to my help. Said D'souza, the Green Vine snake is one of the many snakes, like Russels Viper, Sand Boa,and others, which delivers (ovoviviparous- producing young by means of eggs which are hatched within the body of the parent, as in some snakes) their young, while other snakes lay eggs (oviparous). The said green vine snake is semipoisonous and if it bites a person, the victim gets swelling followed by itching at the spot and needs medical treatment, but the bite is not fatal, said D'souza. The pregnant snake feeds on mice and we believe that the reptile may have come in search for rats, frogs and lizards,  and settled on the onion bunch. And during this period, it delivered the baby snakes,he said.

Using an earthern pot, we managed to rescue all the 23 baby snakes and shortly after, we rescued the mother snake which was around 3.5 feet in length he said and in the presence of the Forest Department officials,we released all the Green Vine snakes in a nearby thick foliage,which is its natural habitat,said D'souza. Fortunately, Kudu did not kill the snakes and he informed us,as usually people on sighting snakes, the first instinct was to kill it,and we are happy that people are now getting aware about not to hurt snakes,he said.