Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snake spotted in country club

Snake spotted in country club
STOMPer redfroggey found a snake at a country club in in the north of Singapore.

Said the STOMPer:

"Snake found at a country club somewhere in the north side of Singapore.

"Appears harmless but NOT!"
Snake spotted in country club
Snake spotted in country club

Oh come on, there's no need to stand so far away. It's just a paradise tree snake (Chrysopelea paradisi). And yes, it appears to be harmless, and is indeed quite harmless to us. Even if you have the bad luck to get bitten, the venom of the paradise tree snake is not known to have any severe long-term medical effects on humans.

Paradise tree snake
(Photo by kampang)

I wrote more about paradise tree snakes and their gliding ability in an earlier post. I also hope the snake featured in this post managed to escape a grisly fate, one that befalls far too many snakes in Singapore for completely unnecessary reasons. To any snake that has the misfortune to cross paths with a paranoid and ignorant human being, these large bipeds appear to be highly dangerous, and most definitely have the potential to turn the encounter into a deadly one for the reptiles.

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(Photo by Marcus)

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