Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Nearly stepped on this python on 29th May. Was taking photos of a grave and while stepping back to get the entire grave into the frame of the camera, noticed something from the corner of my eye. Stopped and looked back, and saw this python slithering behind me. And so my first reaction was... to take a photo. Attempted to get another shot capturing it's head as well, but didn't manage to get that shot. Kept getting asked by various people whether I was scared (that it would attack me). My reply was that it obviously had noticed me first, and if it had wanted to, it would already had done so, rather than pass by me from behind.
Was with Ted Hin and Chai Jing on 18th April (the same day we spotted the large centipede) when I spotted this snake by the roadside. In the beginning, it was staying motionless by the roadside. I walked past it, noticed something, retraced my steps, and looked at it. Even then, I thought that it was a snake skin (and so did Ted Hin). And then I took a closer look. And then I realised that the small legs at the top, that I had initially thought belonged to it, were actually the legs of a lizard that it was holding in it's mouth. It remained motionless until Ted Hin mused aloud about hitting it on the head with a stick and bringing it back, and then it started running (erm, well, snakes don't run, but this was quite a hurried movement, and "slither" doesn't quite convey that speed) towards a tree. To give an idea of it's size, the lizard was the size of a normal house lizard, and it was enough to fill the mouth of the snake. So ya, it was actually quite a small snake.
Spotted this dead snake on 18th May. Took a few pictures when I first spotted it, while on my way to document the graves. It was still there by the roadside when I came back though, and so I took some photos and included one with a ruler, so that should answer the size questions. Brought it back to show Annabella. Think I really scared her with it.

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