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A juvenile rat snake was rescued from the bathroom of the Delhi Metro Mukundpur Depot in New Delhi by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit on Monday. The rescued snake was in good health and was soon after put back into its natural habitat. Authorities from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) called the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit, informing them about a snake in the Mukundpur Depot, part of the Delhi Metro Phase 3 (Pink Line). This phase is under construction right now.
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The snake was found hiding in the depot bathroom and was spotted by officials on duty, who then called the response unit. The authorities from the response team arrived shortly and the snake was transferred into a safe transport container. It was eventually identified as a juvenile rat snake, know scientifically as Pytas mucosa and also know as Oriental rat snake.
It was left in its natural habitat after being kept in observation for a few hours.
A member of the rescue team said, “Though harmless, rat snakes are swift and easily excitable and may bite if threatened. Taking care not to harm or startle it, we carefully removed the reptile and relocated it to a safer place in its natural habitat.”
These rat snakes can adapt to their environment easily and can be found in urban areas commonly. They mostly wander into human settlements in search for food.
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, “Rat snakes are a non-venomous snake species that primarily feed on rodents, toads, small birds, lizards and eggs. Often, people tend to panic on spotting a snake as not everyone can distinguish the venomous ones from non-venomous ones.