It’s Wildlife Weekend! Download this Beddome’s Cat Snake, our October calendar-wallpaper, for your desktop and iPad!
It’s Wildlife Weekend, and many of us have seen better days than the ones we have been spending in our office cubbyholes, toiling away to zero fruition. This time last year, we were at Dandeli, observing The Green Ogre Autumn Conclave. It was just after the monsoon and the birds, being contented, were relatively scarce and the ground was still trembling with amphibians. And that’s when we walked into a Wildlife Week demonstration of snake handling by a forest officer. Schoolchildren were huddled around one Mr Naik, who produced various snakes from his bags. Equally wide-eyed, we joined the crowd. The forester was kind enough to allow us to handle the snakes — a Green Vine Snake and a Beddome’s Cat Snake. In memory of that glorious triumph over several deep-seated fears, we offer you this month’s calendar wallpaper, only seven days late. 🙂
The Beddome’s Cat Snake (Boiga beddomei), seen here cradled in able hands against a bokeh of attentive schoolchildren, is a mildly venomous rear-fanged snake. Its large, bulging, cat-like eyes tell of its nocturnal habit. It is distributed in the Western Ghats from Maharashtra south to Kerala and Tamil Nadu and also occurs patchily in Odisha. It is also found in Sri Lanka.
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Wallpapers photographed and created by Sandeep Somasekharan