|A snake charmer in a New Delhi market charms a snake during Nag Panchami,|
a yearly festival in honor of the king cobra.
In 1972, the Indian government made it illegal for people to keep snakes, however, until recently the law was not enforced much. The government has started to implant identification chips under the skin of some snakes that were already in captivity to be able to monitor charmers to make sure they are not capturing new snakes.
|A representative from the animal rescue group "Wildlife SOS" holding a rat snake.|
Some snake rescue groups have developed to attempt to lure some charmers to new occupations like removing venomous snakes from urban areas and returning them to the wild. This has had some appeal to charmers as much of their traditional audience has been lured away in recent years by more modern entertainment.