Saturday, August 27, 2011

Look Who's Snaked Its Way Up My Mango Tree!




The other day my neighbour called out to me saying that there was a snake on my mango tree. Although I looked hard, I couldn't really make out against the light of the afternoon sun (first picture). I ran to get my camera and got a few shots. I didn't dare get closer shots. It's the longest snake that I've seen in my garden/vicinity. It could well be a rat snake but I'm not too sure. Rat snakes are supposed to be one of the most common snakes in India. Their diet consists of rats and frogs. They are active during the day. And I was glad to find out that they are non-venomous.


As I clicked away, it started to move towards the next tree which was a guava tree. And then it disappeared amidst the thick foliage of another neighbour's mango tree. Thank goodness that my neighbour told me about the snake. I'd have merrily gone out to check the guavas as I usually do in the afternoons. It still gives me the shivers to think about coming so close to a snake!! It's not without taking a good hard look at the trees that I go and pick the fruits now!

8 comments:

lotusleaf said...

Phew! What a big snake! Whether it is venomous or not, please be careful when you next go near the tree!

Ginny said...

I clicked on these pictures to enlarge them. You even got him with his tongue sticking out...ewww! He blends in so well, that must be so he can capture his food without being seen. I hope your house is very tight, they can slither through the smallest cracks!

Randy Emmitt said...

Likely a rat snake, they are great climbers. I have seen one even climb a huge cypress tree trunk with no limbs any where.

One said...

Good camouflage on the tree trunk. It does look pretty big. I guess you do not rear dogs at home. My dogs chased away all the little critters so I guess snakes realize there aren't good food for them here.

Wendy said...

Ewwww! I'm glad your neighbour alerted you to its presence! It looks huge!!

Jama said...

That's scary! the only snake I've seen in the parks here are the tiny green garden snakes but they do give me the creep the moment I saw them.

Anita Kumar said...

We have quite a few snakes too. I 'm quite wary of them but i like to believe that most of the snakes we chance to see are non venomous.

EG Wow said...

Sounds scary to me! I have never seen a snake in a tree, only on the ground or rocks.