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- Saperas are those people who catch snakes.
- They keep the snakes in bamboo baskets.
- They also make medicines from plants collected from forests.
- They also cure snake bites.
- They can tell which snake had bitten by looking at the snake bite marks.
- The poisonous teeth of snakes are known as ‘fangs’.
- Saperas play been to make snakes sway and entertain onlookers.
- One community of saperas is known as ‘Kalbeliyas’.
- They even gift snakes when their daughters get married.
- Some of the musical instruments used by them are dhol, been, tumba and khanjiri.
- Been, tumba and khanjiri are made from dried gourd.
- The elder ones of this community share their knowledge about snakes to the younger generation.
- Snake is also considered as farmer’s friend as it eats rats in the fields.
- Some people kill snakes and sell their skin for money, that’s why government have banned people from capturing animals and keeping them.
- There are only four poisonous snakes in our country namely Cobra, Common Krait, Russel’s Viper and Saw-scaled Viper.
- The poison of snake bite enters into a person’s body through fangs,
- The medicine to cure snake bite, is made from poison of snake.
- The other people who depend on animals for their livelihood are milkman, shepherd, etc.