Hyderabad: Red sand boa smuggling foiled, rescued


Jan 14, 2023

The Animal Welfare Department on Friday foiled a bid to smuggle a rare red sand boa (snake) and rescued it successfully.

Syed Taqi Ali Rizvi, an official, from Animal Welfare Department said that they rescued a sand boa from the Jalpally area, where some people were trying to smuggle it, but was foiled and rescued the snake.

“A red sand boa was rescued right now, which was being smuggled, but the bid was foiled by us successfully. Some people with an intention to sell it illegally but their efforts went in vain when we reached and rescued it from the Jalpally area. It will now release in forest areas, in its’ natural habitation,’’ clarified, Syed Taqi Ali Rizvi, an official, from the Animal Welfare Department of Telangana State.

This non-venomous snake is one of the costliest creatures in the International black market with the price of a single sand boa ranging from lakhs to crores of rupees.

Red Sand Boa is a non-venomous species found throughout the dry parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is a primarily reddish brown and thick-set snake that grows to an average length of 70-75 cm.

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