I know I've repeatedly mentioned that there are a lot of snakes around this area, but substantial evidence has been missing all this while. This morning I was presented with an opportunity to provide you guys with evidence that there are a lot of snakes around.

Around 9:30 am I heard an unfamiliar squeaking sound. At first I thought the sound was the from a young hatchling. I tried looking from the ledge of the tree house to see the bird but I could not. Then I climbed down and walked to the deep end of the stream, the place where normally the buffalos hang out.

Snake swallowing a frog© Brikesh Singh / Greenpeace.

As I got closer and closer to the sound I saw a snake who had just caught a frog and was in the process of swallowing it. All I managed was this shot with the frog's legs dangling out of the snakes mouth. Is it just me or even you can see the snake smiling?

In the nineteen days I've spent in the forest, there have been some people have become regular visitors at Junglistan Nivas. Swapnil from Padmapur village is one of them. 

Swapnil from Padmapur villageThat’s Swapnil from Padmapur village enjoying is ride on the river crossing pulley. © Brikesh Singh / Greenpeace.

I must tell you I really admire the persistence of this kid. He just kept pestering me for a test ride across the river for days till I finally gave in. He is only 11 years old, stays alone and cooks for himself. When he is done with all this he takes time out to come and unwind in the forest.

He'll surely not be able to do the same if coal mines take over these forests. Sign the petition to save the forests: www.junglistan.org/act


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Sign the petition to show your support for forests here: www.junglistan.org/act


All images have been taken by Brikesh Singh.