Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Snakes in Singapore

A few nights ago, B took little R out for a walk in the early evening while I caught up on my important blog reading. On the way home, he saw a reticulated python swing out of the gutter with a struggling rat in its mouth. These snakes, along with the anaconda, are the largest in the world. This one was about 5 inches in diameter.

After B and little R got home, we went through pictures of Singapore snakes to identify the one he'd seen. Apparently Singapore is a snake paradise, and many of them are poisonous. Local species include the equatorial spitting cobra, the mangler pit viper, and blue coral snakes (very poisonous and has no antivenin).

Now B is all paranoid about snakes and scans the grass whenever we go out. Luckily I am not very afraid of snakes (spiders, however, are a different story...).

1 comment:

  1. OMG you are so calm about this! I just checked out your link about the reticulated pythons and am getting shivers just looking at the pictures. To see one just "swing out of a gutter"?!?! EEK! Go you for being brave, but wow is that a crazy story to tell!