Herpetofauna encompasses amphibians (e.g., frogs and caecilians) and reptiles (e.g., snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles). Their presence in ecosystems is pivotal, and their diversity and distribution patterns offer profound insights. They are indispensable in maintaining ecological balance and can serve as tangible indicators of the environmental health of a region.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Sandeep Das, and ably supported by Dr. Rajkumar and Nithin Divakar, comprehensive herpetofaunal surveys have been underway since 2015. Predominantly focusing on the sanctified confines of Kerala’s protected areas, this dedicated team endeavours to collate exhaustive datasets pertaining to the region’s herpetological inhabitants. Such meticulous efforts pave the way for informed conservation strategies, ensuring that the balance of our natural ecosystems remains undisturbed for future generations.