Thursday, July 23, 2009

It had to be snakes

Coming from Australia, home to 8 of the 10 most deadly snakes, I feel very jealous of countries that don't have snakes. I've never been bitten by a snake, I've probably only ever seen 5 in the wild, but snakes are pretty high on the list of animals I don't like (it's not a long list.) In my first week in Bangladesh we were treated to a snake charming which a 'professional' charmer did his thing, and was interrupted by another dude who just happened to BYO his own King Cobra. None of us thought this snake charmer was particularly sane and it wasn't the most comfortable situation I've ever been in. I'm not petrified of snakes, but I'm no lover.

So yes, I feel jealous of people that come from countries that don't have snakes. India is not one of those countries...

Stray snake halts proceedings in India state assembly
23 Jul 2009 08:03:06 GMT
Source: Reuters
BHUBANESWAR, India, July 23 (Reuters) - A stray snake brought parliament to a standstill for several hours on Thursday in India's Orissa state, officials said. A cleaner spotted the intruder, believed to be a king cobra, while sweeping in the morning and called the assembly's watchman. The speaker of the assembly in the state capital Bhubaneswar adjourned the house as security personnel, wildlife officials and a member of a local snake helpline searched unsuccessfully for the creature with the help of a sniffer dog. Snakes are straying more frequently into built-up areas because construction has driven the reptiles out of their habitat, wildlife expert Biswajit Mohanty said. (Reporting by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Matthias Williams)
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1 comment:

  1. This morning, not a snake but our local lizard. Yes, the large Blue Tongue had to be rescued after falling into the pool. I fished him out, left him in the sun. Slowly he started to move, after a little redirection with the garden rake he's back under the bushes. Perhaps Carl's you can find a suitable picture for the blog. Mum. X.