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    Just had an encounter with a snake...

    & no, Papillion was not involved...

    Seemed exciting at the time. First snake I've seen in years...

    It'd just rained very heavily, and there are many klongs in our village with plenty of construction and a new drainage system having just been put in, so I suppose it was a likely time to see them(?).

    I jumped on a motorbike taxi to the end of the road, and half way up the soi, just rounding a bend he screeched to a halt as if a pick-up was hurtling towards us - but I couldn't see a car, then I noticed a snake making it's way across the road from a little klong to a construction site. We were probably about 3 to 4 metres away and the little fella (about 1 metre, perhaps a little more...) angled himself half towards us, which sent the taxi driver scurrying backwards and seemiingly quite afraid. The snake started to go across the road again maybe leaving enough room for us to drive through, but as the taxi driver started to move forward the snake angled towards us again and raised his head a little, he was quite thin, not very thin, looked athletic, a big snake, but only just, certainly not a very big snake. The driver scurried backwards again making girlie noises then we waited for about a minute for the snake to fully cross into the construction site before heading on our way. The snake was in no hurry and didn't seem particularly afraid or overly aggressive, but had an edge to him/her, if we'd gotten within a couple of metres it would have had a go...

    So, thinking it must be a Cobra or Krait or something, I went onto the internetty to look for pics.

    Can you guess what it was? I live in Bangkok BTW, quite a built up area, but on the outskirts, so only a KM or 2 from rural land.

    I'll post a pic of what I think it was after a few guesses.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Baby cobra.

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    ^ that's what I thought at first, mainly from the motorbike driver's reaction, but now I'm not too sure; I think the driver was just a bit of a poof - having said that, he was an old dark skinned fella, so I have no doubt he knows snakes very much better than I do...

    Looked like this:


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    Ptyas korros (Indochinese Rat Snake)
    Thai: (ngu sing ban)

    Length: A little over 100 cm
    Occurrence: Throughout Thailand, but predominantly in the lowland areas.
    Behaviour:
    A snake which is active during the day, is very fast and which usually flees from humans before they get too close. If cornered, the snake bites very quickly and can even jump at their aggressor. This snakes helps keep rats and mice at bay.
    Danger: None

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    head is wrong for a cobra
    Last edited by good2bhappy; 26-03-2012 at 04:53 PM. Reason: saw the pic

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    ^ yes, I think it was probably just a rat snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Ptyas korros (Indochinese Rat Snake)
    Thai: (ngu sing ban)

    Length: A little over 100 cm
    Occurrence: Throughout Thailand, but predominantly in the lowland areas.
    Behaviour:
    A snake which is active during the day, is very fast and which usually flees from humans before they get too close. If cornered, the snake bites very quickly and can even jump at their aggressor. This snakes helps keep rats and mice at bay.
    Danger: None
    Probably right. Doubt it was a python - they aren't aggressive. Oval rather than triangular head would indicate non-venomous, thus cobra is unlikely - although the young of any species can be deceptive in head shape and coloring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
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    Say no more you big girls blouse.

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    You live in Asia and you saw a snake crossing the road - is that it? FFS...

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    ^ I live in Bangkok, I never see snakes! I was soooooo cheering for Sunderland the other week, all looked good too going into the last few minutes...

    ^^ apparently, the bite hurts a lot!

    ^^^ I was a bit underwelmed when I started searching the internet, but that's probably a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    You live in Asia and you saw a snake crossing the road - is that it? FFS...

    Not all posters are as studly as you, EN.
    Last edited by Davis Knowlton; 26-03-2012 at 05:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    You live in Asia and you saw a snake crossing the road - is that it? FFS...
    These sophisticated city slickers need to get out a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Not all posters are as studly as you, EN.
    You were calling me Mao a moment ago.

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    My mistake and most humble apologies - meds are kicking in. Some really good opiates. Brain function blurrier than normal.

    These time release opiate patches are good shit - been in a really nice warm fog all day. My daughter got a new guitar out of it, and my son some new basketball shoes. I gather I have been most agreeable all day.
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    Sounds like the taxi driver has been watching too many Thai Soapies.

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    Have seen that guy (or family) and many others. When I'm in Thailand we see one every week in average! Have had visit inside the house of a Green Viper (very bad guy) and at a corner of the garden is "home" for a 3 mtr python but he is quite peaceful, takes mice and rats. Often see small and big snakes crossing the road across the rice paddies - but I really hates them no matter how big or small

    - mai pen rai cos TIT

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    Quote Originally Posted by jks
    had visit inside the house of a Green Viper
    I wouldn't be happy with that...

    That's why I have 2 cats in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jks
    had visit inside the house of a Green Viper
    I wouldn't be happy with that...

    That's why I have 2 cats in the house.
    Just enclose yourself with more cement and plastic....you'll be fine.

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    ^ that is an excellent idea, but then, if a fuker does get in, it's harder for them to get out! I should really have a pair of geese in the bedroom (maybe one in each room) to keep the house safe from snakes (maybe a few meercats).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ that is an excellent idea, but then, if a fuker does get in, it's harder for them to get out! I should really have a pair of geese in the bedroom (maybe one in each room) to keep the house safe from snakes (maybe a few meercats).
    I hear that the elfin troll figurines do wonders, placed strategically around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jks
    had visit inside the house of a Green Viper
    I wouldn't be happy with that...

    That's why I have 2 cats in the house.
    I promise you that I was NOT happy - but I think that it was the same Viper both times in the house! The first was during construction of the house but in the rice season so no workers in the house for a while. It was lying on an unfinished wall just under the roof. My brother-in-law took a long stick and pushed the snake - so off it took, up over the isolation under the roof and gone. Brother-in-law just said it's gone (but of course it was still there but we could not see it anymore - it made its way up there maybe cos some small birds were nesting under the roof). One year later it suddenly came back through the front doors which were open. The missus saw it and just gave it a swing with the broom so it went out of the door! As soon as it was out she put the broom down and went back to the kitchen with a smile! Two days later our electrician came by with the Viper at the end of a long stick (hope it was the same one) and went to his home for enjoying a good meal! Never seen it since anyway ;-)

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    ^ sounds to me like its living in your roof, mate; the electrician probably caught the mate - they'll be lots of babies soon... Sleep well.


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    Betty is a mackum! That explains a lot. You guys had better beat some of the lower ranks and help Wigan out this next few weeks

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    ^ only when they play Newcastle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    ^ sounds to me like its living in your roof, mate; the electrician probably caught the mate - they'll be lots of babies soon... Sleep well.

    Nahhh, he or his family is not under the roof anymore - but I'm aware of possibilities of meeting more of his kind! He is an ugly bastard ;-)

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