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    My Snake Thread with Pics

    I was out by the pool taking a late morning nap. In the background I hear the wife sweeping and cleaning up around the patio. I’m guessing she is giving me hints that it is getting time to go somewhere. I doze back off and then I hear a loud shrieking sound that my wife makes when she sees something that scares her. Well it scared me also because I was sound asleep and had no clue what was going on when the yelling started. “Look, look, look” she says. “Over by the pump house”. A snake had just crossed the patio and was crawling into the grass. “Get it, get it out of here!” she says.
    I go and get the swimming pool skimmer net and pole and go look for the snake. The wife goes to a neighbors and says there is a snake in her house and needs help getting out.
    I can’t locate the darned thing. So the neighbor comes over and we look around for a few a while. And then about 50 meters away the snake can be seen moving even further away in the yard. The neighbor has a long stick and takes chase and wastes no time clubbing it. By the time I get there it is pretty much dead so I drape it over the stick and carry it out to the field across the way. But not before I took a few pictures.





    Now this snake is different than the one we saw around the house 2 or 3 weeks ago. Can anyone advise as to the type of snake this is and if it might be poisonous or not? Details: brown and about 1 meter in length. No other distinguishing features that I could note.
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    Heaps of those around our place and the locals say it is a rat snake and moderately poisonous.

    Shame you had to kill it mate but you have to keep the wife happy.

    Did it taste nice!

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    Looks a bit like a chequered Keelback or the Poorbuggerme snake in this case.

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    I go for rat snake
    nice pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Heaps of those around our place and the locals say it is a rat snake and moderately poisonous.

    Shame you had to kill it mate but you have to keep the wife happy.

    Did it taste nice!
    If it is a rat snake, not all that concerned.

    Heck, it caused me to be awaken from my nap, what did you expct me to do? no really, I can not take the credit for doing the nasty deed as it was the neighbor who clubbed it to death.

    and yes, the wife was happy just the same not to have it around anymore.

    I've eaten worse things when out in the field doing survival skill training. But I was thinking about saving it and putting it on the Barbee for when you come on over. MAke you feel right at home LT....

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    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Thanks lom! The second picture of the rat snake clearly replicates what looked like the snake in my yard. RAT SNAKE it is. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Longprong View Post
    Looks a bit like a chequered Keelback or the Poorbuggerme snake in this case.
    I think the votes for Rat Snake have it in the case Johnny. Thanks for the insight though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.
    U R correct A the H, but in this case, the only thing growing in this area is tapioka, coconuts,, bananas, cashews, and mango. no rice.

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    They worship the Naga, but, will kill a cobra on sight........

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.
    U R correct A the H, but in this case, the only thing growing in this area is tapioka, coconuts,, bananas, cashews, and mango. no rice.
    Doesn't mean there aren't any rats about, and they are many orders of magnitude more dangerous than most snakes, especially this one. Damned shame. It was just a plain old Indo-Chinese rat snake, not at all dangerous although some of the locals might think so, maybe because it hurts to be bitten by one.

    I've seen locals leave snakes alone before, they aren't all complete idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.
    I believe they do.

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    these grow very long, back when we were at the resort, one was hunting frogs in a hole beside our house, just it's eyeballs were visible so i poked it with a stick, and got a huge fright when this 3 m + snake shot out .
    huge and moved like lightning...very cool
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    Why did they kill the snake? That is awful. They should have just took it elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.
    I believe they do.
    They don't act like it.
    They seem to think all snakes must be expunged from nature, nasty, evil things.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuketbound View Post
    Why did they kill the snake? That is awful. They should have just took it elsewhere.
    Because they treat all snakes as poisonous, and if you don't know the difference, then its a good rule...however bad for the snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Thais don't seem to understand that the snakes eat the rats and mice that eat the rice harvest.
    Doesn't matter, the Thais eat the snakes, and the rats, and the mice, and the harvest.

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    I guess she wanted it killed as Thai gals only like the Trouser Snake

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuketbound View Post
    Why did they kill the snake? That is awful. They should have just took it elsewhere.
    Phuketbound, there are plenty more awful things to be concerned about than a dead snake that was put to good use. Using your argument, what about the cows, pigs, chickens, fish, and any other meat that we eat. Is that awful that they are killed to eat? Anyway, the pics below reflect that there is really someone who benifited from the snake being killed and it was in fact dinner for a family who otherwise may have gone hungry. Now that would have been awful.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by rickda View Post
    I guess she wanted it killed as Thai gals only like the Trouser Snake
    Wrong answer rick.... everyone dislikes one or more things and in this case, snakes and spiders are something that the Mrs just doesn't care for. Now I'm not necessarily saying that the snake should have been killed and that was not the primary intent it was just something that happened. Besides we would just as soon not have any univited or unwanted creatures. If we had a need for a rat snake on the premis, I would have gotten one. No reason to turn every issue into some related to your reference of trouser snakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickda View Post
    I guess she wanted it killed as Thai gals only like the Trouser Snake
    Wrong answer rick.... everyone dislikes one or more things and in this case, snakes and spiders are something that the Mrs just doesn't care for. Now I'm not necessarily saying that the snake should have been killed and that was not the primary intent it was just something that happened. Besides we would just as soon not have any univited or unwanted creatures. If we had a need for a rat snake on the premis, I would have gotten one. No reason to turn every issue into some related to your reference of trouser snakes.
    Sorry did not mean to cause offence was just trying to inject a little humour. Ti be honest I would not welcome a sanke on my land either

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Besides we would just as soon not have any univited or unwanted creatures. If we had a need for a rat snake on the premis, I would have gotten one.
    Except that the snake has a better sense about this than you do and his very presence indicates that maybe you have a problem you are unaware of..after all, they only hang out where the food is... and most certainly wouldn't choose to hang where threatening humans do without that encouragement.
    So maybe now the uninvited creatures are likely going to be more of the four legged variety..
    Last edited by DrivingForce; 09-07-2009 at 09:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickda View Post
    I guess she wanted it killed as Thai gals only like the Trouser Snake
    Wrong answer rick.... everyone dislikes one or more things and in this case, snakes and spiders are something that the Mrs just doesn't care for. Now I'm not necessarily saying that the snake should have been killed and that was not the primary intent it was just something that happened. Besides we would just as soon not have any univited or unwanted creatures. If we had a need for a rat snake on the premis, I would have gotten one. No reason to turn every issue into some related to your reference of trouser snakes.
    Sorry did not mean to cause offence was just trying to inject a little humour. Ti be honest I would not welcome a sanke on my land either
    No real offense taken rick. we can move on now. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingForce View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Besides we would just as soon not have any univited or unwanted creatures. If we had a need for a rat snake on the premis, I would have gotten one.
    Except that the snake has a better sense about this than you do and his very presence indicates that maybe you have a problem you are unaware of..after all, they only hang out where the food is... and most certainly wouldn't choose to hang where threatening humans do without that encouragement.
    So maybe now the uninvited creatures are likely going to be more of the four legged kind..
    I clearly understand your advisement DF and would have to think that it is the frongs and toads and geckos we have running around as the 4 legged rodents that I suppose that you are making reference to have never been visable, heard being around, or seen any evidence of in any way. Not to say that that they aren't present though but like I said, no signs of them. In any event, I'm sure that any other snakes in the area and fields can assist if need be. Thanks for the insight though DF.

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