Unknown faces of the Campus

Pondicherry University is one the top ranked central universities in India. It is situated in Puducherry. The campus is spread over 850 acres of land , of which 1/2 of the land area has green cover.

I have spent 2 years of life studying in Pondicherry University, doing my masters in Ecology and environmental sciences.  In these span of two years I had some amazing encounters with the campus wildlife, which have changed my thinking as an ecologist.  From my first encounter with a snake to aspire myself for becoming a wildlife photographer it all happened here.

It was my 5th day in the campus , the day I saw a first snake in the wild. It was a small Common  trinket snake which was crossing the road. I went close, to have a good look. At that moment there were few people around, and seeing the snake they tried to kill it but I somehow managed to make them understand that it is a non-venomous snake and it wont harm anyone.

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Pic 1. Common Trinket Snake

The four most venomous snakes found in India ( Spectacled Cobra, Common Krait , Russell’s Viper, Saw scaled Viper ) is also found in the campus. But there have been no casualty recorded from the campus in the last 15 years.

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Pic 2. Russell’s viper

I also had my first encounter with Scorpion in this campus. The campus hosts a good arachnid diversity. The first scorpion I saw when I was coming back from the football field back towards my hostel. It was an adult scorpion belong to the genus Heterometrus.

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Pic 3. Heterometrus sp.

Near about 15 species of arachnids is recorded from in and around Pondicherry University

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Pic 4.  Lychas sp.

Other than this “creepy”  creatures , the university campus has almost 65 species of butterflies and near about 90 species of birds , which have been recorded over the span 5 years(2012-2017).

Birds like Yellow wattled Lapwing, Blue faced Malkhowa , Grey francolin, Common Hoopoe, Loten’s Sunbird, Barn Owl, Scops Owl are the highlights of the bird diversity in the campus.

 

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Pic 5. Common Hoopoe

Butterflies like crimson rose, Double Branded crow and many other butterflies belonging to Lycaenidae family is the highlight of the butterfly diversity found inside the campus.

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Pic 6. Crimson Rose

Pondicherry University hosts a unique set of biodiversity, if maintained properly by the university authority it will be a unique institution which has such high diversity of flora and fauna within its limited boundary.

Below are the pictures of the beautiful creatures that is found inside the campus

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Pic 7. Peacock Pansy

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Pic 8. Saw Scaled Viper

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Pic 9. Whip scorpion

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Unknown faces of the Campus

  1. Very nice write up. I have some simple suggestions :
    i) Scientific names of every creature may be mentioned in bracket.
    ii) It’s family/phylum mentioning may be considered.
    iii) Picture of Saw scaled Viper and Whip scorpion may be placed where the description written actually.
    Over all a very good effort.

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