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December 20, 2012

Screaming is OK

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 3:07 pm

I was bringing stuff from the car up to our apartment last night and almost stepped on a snake. It moved from the path on to the grass and we eyed each other for a while. It was maybe 30cms long and not much thicker than a pencil. It was beautiful. Shades of blue along its striped body and an orange patch just behind the head.  I’ve been trying to identify it today without much luck. But, I did find this rather wonderful paragraph on the Indonesian’s Expat guide website…

There are approximately 450 species of snakes in Indonesia. Of the varieties found around Jakarta, only five or so are dangerously poisonous.        

Indonesians often wrongly identify snakes and identify ALL varieties as poisonous. However, a snake which cannot be positively identified SHOULD be considered dangerous.

If you get bitten by a non-venomous snake, it may hold on for quite a while as it doesn’t know what to do. To get the snake off you, either use a metal spoon to prise open its mouth (I don’t approve of this as you’ll hurt the snake badly by breaking its teeth) or put the part of  you that’s being bitten into a bucket/bath of water — the snake won’t be able to breath and will let go. Alternatively, just sit down on the ground, relax and wait for it to let go. If you make sudden movements and run around, it will hold on tighter. (As snakes can’t hear, it’s quite ok to scream a lot as the bite will most likely hurt a lot.)

So, next time you see me at the bar with a snake attached…don’t ask.


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At the Saigon Zoo recently we were stunned to see live rabbits placed in several of the large snake’s cages. Is it wrong to admit that we spent quite a while staring into the cages, hoping one of the snakes would suddenly feel hungry?


1 Comment »

  1. That story of the snake really makes us cringe! Thank goodness it was not hungry.

    Comment by Ian and Linda — December 21, 2012 @ 2:41 am | Reply

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