Saturday, October 16, 2010
I would have posted this sooner but Blogger.com wouldn't seem to upload an .avi video, so I had to search around for a free video converter and changed the thing to .wma, which worked.
Excuse my weird actions and screaming paranoia, but it's not every day I find myself within feet of a potentially lethal snake. It's not the first time I've seen cobra's around here, as I've seen at least five or six of them, mostly babies. Seems this one's a teenager.
Before I could grab the camera, I threw my black boxer shorts down at the thing to try and rouse it from underneath the first step, as I didn't want it disappearing again, and sure enough it reared up and expanded it's hood...but, it also hissed and sent a steady stream of venom splashing against the steps and concrete wall. If you look carefully at the wall to the right in the video, you can see the stain.
I'd gone downstairs earlier and heard a noise while washing the dishes and thought it was Chok, my little female dog, rummaging through the trash again. I turned around and saw she wasn't there, then I saw the tail end of the snake going behind my little makeshift bookcase on the floor where I store my English lesson plans and school materials. Black scales with some vague yellow markings. I wasn't sure if it was a cobra or not, so tried scaring it out using an old mop handle but it wouldn't come out. I wasn't about to go moving things on the condition it might be a cobra, so I just left it be and figured it would work it's way back outside again...eventually....hopefully.
The dogs scare the piss out of me since they appear to just mindlessly go after other animals and insects that have poisonous potential. You'd think they would have some sort of instinct about stuff like that. Puppy has been bitten by a centipede and was terribly miserable for at least three days. They say around here that many dogs succumb to cobra bites and are found dead. I certainly don't want it to happen to my pups!
Hope you enjoyed the video!
Mused by Jeeem at the following date and time: 10/16/2010 08:55:00 AM