A man went around various villages of Punjab with a snake to scare people and then demand money from them. Many people became victims who paid the man just to avoid being bit by the snake. However, word spread to official snake handlers and caretakers and they approached the man.
Several snake caretakers exposed the snake man’s fraud and further investigated complaints they had received. After examining the snake, they realized the man had actually broken the teeth of the snake and had removed it’s venom.
The use of animals to make money has severely impacted the wildlife and food chain. The snakes are a big contribution to the ecosystem as they reduce the rodent population. A major taboo surrounds snakes in India but many people don’t realize that the mouse and other rodent population is severely reduced thanks to the snakes.