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Project Introduction:

Reptiles in Sri Lanka are a highly diverse group that includes the following taxa: geckos, Skinks, agamid lizards, chameleon lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises, Crocodiles, monitor lizards lacertid lizards and marine snakes. A total of 198 species of terrestrial reptiles have been recorded of which 108 are endemic to the island. Sri Lankan reptiles, especially wet zone species, show close affinities to those of the Western Ghats in India. In addition to the terrestrial snakes, fifteen species of marine snakes also recorded marine habitats around Sri Lanka.

Majority of Snake bites deaths have been recorded in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka and most of these deaths are recorded in the farming communities. Even though snake bites can be prevented easily, lack of awareness of venomous reptiles and poor preventive measures to avoided the snake bites are the main reasons of high snake bites in those districts. Hence, the project conducted awareness workshops to increase the capacity of major stakeholders.

The mission:

To educate the public about the human care of snakes and Mitigation of snake bites and first aid provisions after bites.

Project Activities

  • Designed and printed a Color poster for identification of venomous snakes in Sri Lanka.

  • Designed and printed a Color poster for first aid during the venomous snakes bite.

  • Designed and printed a Color leaflets for identification of venomous snakes and their distribution patens.

  • Designed and printed a booklet for identification of venomous snakes, snake bites, prevention methods and provision of first aid.

  • Conducted eighteen education training workshops for Medical officers, Hospital staff, SLRCS staff, beneficiaries and general public.

The Project Progress

Anuradhapura District

      • Tow workshops for Doctors, Nurses and Hospital mine staff 18th December 2009.

      • One Education training workshops for Nurses Training College 19th December 2009.

      • One education training workshop at Hospital OPD (Community) on 19th December 2009.

      • One workshops for Sri Lanka Red Cross Staff at Anuradhapura on 19th December 2009

Polonaruwa District.

      • Workshops for Doctors, Nurses and Hospital mine staff at on 18th of January 2010.

      • Education training workshop for Sri Lanka Red Cross Staff on 18th of January 2010.

Matale District

      • On 16th we coordinated one Education training workshops for Doctors of Matale General Hospital

      • On 17th we presented one Education training workshops for Nurses and Hospital mine staff at Matale

Galle District

      • On 16th of March 2010 we decide to arrange one education training workshops for Udugama Hospital Staff and OPD (Community)

Matara District

      • The project had arranged one education training workshop for Doctors, Nurses and Hospital mine staff at Matara District On 02nd March 2010.

EFL, AMCROSS Staff

      • We presented two education training workshops for American Red Cross and EFL staff on 21st January 2010.





Exhibition at Thalalla Technical College on 27th November 2009





Exhibition at Thalalla Technical College on 27th November 2009





Poster distribution at Matale Genera Hospital on 16th December 2009





Snake Presentation and lecher at Matale Genera Hospital Nurses and Hospital miner staff lecher hall on 17th December 2009





Snake Presentation and lecher at Anuradhapura Genera Hospital on 18th December 2009





Snake Exhibition at Anuradhapura Genera Hospital on 18th December 2009





Snake Presentation and lecher at Anuradhapura Nurses Training College on 19th December 2009