Puri, April 7: A member of snake helpline Silaka Selony could incubate 64 Dhodia snakes (Indian common water snake) artificially from eggs in Puri.
Forest outfit has released them in a pond in the forest.
Sources said, Radhakanta Satapathy , a native of Allar Village under Brhmagiri block in Puri called the snake helpline to pick up a snake from his home on March 14. Snake helpline member Sidhartha rescued a Dhodia snake along with 64 un-hatched eggs from the spot.
Sidhartha released the snake in a nearby pond and handed over the eggs to the Brahmagiri forest range office. However, the range officer assigned woman snake helpline member Silka Salony to incubate them.
Accordingly, all the eggs were artificially incubated by the supervision of Silka. After 21 days the eggs started hatching. In the 22nd day 64 eggs hatched into 64 small snakes.
Snake helpline handed over the new born snakes to the Brahmagiri range office. Ultimately forest guard Biraja Mohapatra released them in a deep pond located in the forest.