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Rat populations on the rise with snakes' decline

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 20 2008   /  10:40 am
Herpetologist Ron Lilley, also known as the “Snake Man of Bali”, holds a non-poisonous snake injured during building works in Sanur. (JP/J. B. Djwan)(JP/J. B. Djwan)

Cobra restaurants and the growing density of human populations in parts of Bali are having a potentially disastrous impact on the local snake population. Snakes are being killed wholesale for byproducts such as traditional medicines, meat, blood and skins, and are also dying on roads and being killed when found near human habitations. Herpetologist Ron Lilley, also known as the “Snake Man of Bali”, holds a non-poisonous snake injured during building works in Sanur. (JP/J. B. Djwan) The decline in local snake populations may equal a rise in rat populations, according to herpetologist and zoologist, Ron Lilley, of the Indonesian Nature Foundation. Lilley is also affectionately known as the "Snake Man of Bali". "At this point it (the rat population rise) must be speculation on my part. In a natural system, or even in a manmade agricultural sys...