Research and Surveys

          Our area of research covers all aspects of herpetological studies including systematics, zoogeography, ecology, natural history and behaviour.

          In 2008-2010, the Trust implemented a research project sponsored by the Defence Research and Development Establishment, Govt. of India, to study the effectiveness of certain chemical repellents against the principal venomous snakes of India.

          In Sept. 2010, the Trust has sanctioned a five-year survey of the herpetofauna of the Southern Eastern Ghats, India. A Research Scientist has been appointed for this purpose.

          Our current researcher aims to document species richness of under-explored biomes, update and refine species characterizations / delimitations and unravel modern-day distribution patterns, with respect to south Indian herpetofauna. Field expeditions to remote hill forests augmented by examination of preserved specimens in various natural history museums address the above objectives.

          Major research collaborators include the Madras Govt. Museum, the Zoological Survey of India-Southern Regional Centre and the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station.