Pollution and India’s Reptiles


Romulus Whitaker is a herpetologist and conservationist in India. In this video, from November's TEDIndia in Mysore, he talks about using two of India's iconic reptiles—the king cobra and the gharial—to convince people to save the country's polluted rivers. His research includes tracking individual king cobras through the forest (by inserting small radio transmitters into individual snakes) and has resulted in some interesting finds, including the only video footage of a king cobra making a snack out of a pit viper.

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