Rat snake found at minister's house

An unexpected guest visited the residence of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao in RT Nagar on Wednesday afternoon.

According to R Sharat Babu, BBMP Forest Cell and Wildlife warden, they received a call at around 3 pm informing them that there was a rat snake in a bathroom at Rao's residence in RT Nagar.

The team immediately reached the spot and saw the snake move into the commode. They then flushed it out, caught it and released it in a nearby conducive habitat.

Sharat said that this was the first time this year a snake was rescued from Rao’s home. Last year four snakes were rescued from Rao’s residence. He added that sighting of snakes is a common occurrence and there is nothing to worry about.

Rat snakes are commonly sighted in the City and on its outskirts. They feed on rodents and birds and are non-venomous. They pose no threat to humans, state wildlife experts.

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