Dates: 22nd-31st August 2011
The team will meet in Guwahati, Assam, on the 22nd of Augustand carry on to Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh by overnightbus. The rest of the journey isdone in MUV’s and will take 4-5hrs. At Leporiang, we will stayin traditional bamboo huts thatare used by the locals.
GO HERPING IN ONE OF THE LAST FRONTIERS...
Join Rom Whitaker and Gerry Martin on an expedition to assess the venoms of various species of snakes,some of which, are not found anywhere else in the world!
The diversity of reptiles inArunachal Pradesh is truly awe-inspiring. Its mountainous terrain hassome very unique and not often seenspecies. It is also a region where peoplelive in close proximity to wild lands andanimals.Snakebite is possibly a big issue inthis region as there is no antivenomproduced against the venom of anyspecies found here. The objective of thisexpedition is to collect venoms fromvarious species with a particular focuson Kaulback’s Pit Viper (
). This species is tremendouslyfeared by local folk, is reported to growto almost two meters and is deﬁnitelyIndia’s largest known pit viper. At thissize, it could well deserve the respectthat it gets. We are scheduling thisexpedition to the region to coincide withthe time that this species is meant to bemost active.Our previous expedition thereyielded 13 species of snakes; 4 of themvenomous ones. We are eager to increaseour sample size of a couple of thesespecies as well as add Kaulback’s and Jerdon’s pit vipers to our sample.We will be working in and around asmall hamlet called Leporiang,approximately ﬁve hours from Itanagar.Your participation funds thisexpedition while giving you this uniqueand exclusive opportunity.If you are interested, please get intouch with Gerry firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on+91-984-577-9666.