Two main elements drive the project: an android app and a network of more than 1,200 volunteer snake rescuers across the country.
Here’s how it works: when a person spots a snake in his vicinity (say, his house), he can call up a rescuer available in his area. The contact information for snake rescuers is listed on IndianSnakes.org, an educational website run by Louies (it’s also part of the Indian Snakebite Initiative). In urban areas, a rescuer generally gets to the location within 10 to 15 minutes. First off, the rescuer will take a picture of the snake within the Big4 Mapper app, available free for download on Google Play. They discover snakes in all types of unthinkable locations—snuggled up inside a pressure cooker or quietly sleeping inside a closet. Other app users, those who first spot the snakes, can also upload photos. The images trickle into the Big4 Mapper servers that Louies oversees. The app also pulls up the GPS location of the house. The rescuer then bags the snake using a hook and releases it into the wild, before logging important details, including the species of the snake and the condition of the house where it was found.
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