Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, in collaboration with conservation organisations like the Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society, has initiated a project to mitigate human-snake conflict in Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.
About Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
- The largest tiger reserve in India, NSTR encompasses an area of 3,568.09 sq. kilometres in the Nallamala hill ranges of Andhra Pradesh.
- The landscape hosts a breathtaking stretch of thick forest and incredibly rich wildlife.
- The reserve spreads over five districts, Kurnool District, Prakasam District, Guntur District, Nalgonda District and Mahabub Nagar district.
- Here, the Bengal tiger shares its habitat with more than 60 species of reptiles, including an array of snakes.
- These reptiles are unique in many ways: they have no eyelids, no external ears, no limbs and sense their surroundings using their tongue.
- The forest also has the ‘Big Four’ species of venomous snakes — Russell’s viper, common krait, common cobra and the saw scaled viper.
- The Krishna river cuts its basin.
- The ancient temples at Srisailam of Lord Mallikarjuna and his consort goddess Bhramaramba, an incarnation of Parvathi as the fair-complexioned boon from Brahma, contain one of the twelve sacred Shaiva Jyotirlingas and one of the eighteen Maha Shakthi peethas in India.
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