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Old 31st August 2020, 20:48   #826
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I was in institute campus doing my masters somewhere around 2015-16. Now our campus is one of the best looking campuses in India with lush green forests as well as hills within the campus boundaries. However, this also comes with its own disadvantages - there are a number of wild animals roaming free inside the campus including foxes, leopards and of course snakes! and we have to be extra careful during night.

So, it was autumn (again) and I was on my bicycle to one of the gates to have my evening cup of tea. It was dusk and the sun was just setting in the west which along with the clouds presented an excellent display of colours in the evening sky. As I was basking in the natural beauty I felt something cold flickering around my wrist. When I looked down, it was a heart in my mouth situation. A big skink was hitchhiking a ride on the handle bar, wagging its tail in delight .

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This happened with my uncle. He took my father's 1962 Vespa 150 to some villager's home. Now, the Vespa has an open basket fitted just below the handle bar to carry knick-knacks . While returning it was dusk and my uncle rode 2-3 km and then realized that a huge cobra is riding shotgun in the basket. He immediately jumped from the scooter which crashed by the roadside. My uncle was unscathed but the Vespa was not so luck and lost its front fender.

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One of my father's friends had a baffling problem with his Bajaj Super 150. The scooter would start but automatically switch off after 2 mins of idling. He consulted almost all mechanics in my town but no one could solve his problem. At last my father decided to take matters into his own hand and asked him to bring the scooter to our home one Sunday. My father checked the carburetor, spark plug, etc. but could find no problem with the scooter. Finally when he checked the air intake he was dumbfounded. A huge cobra had made its home at the air intake choking the passage . It was allowed to escape with full dignity and a lesson was also learnt in process.
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Can someone help me identify which snake this is and whether it is poisonous or not?
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Hello members!
Can someone help me identify which snake this is and whether it is poisonous or not?
Looks like a Common Krait to my eyes, and that is very poisonous. The location of the snake in the image gives me the shivers !
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Old 10th September 2020, 22:08   #829
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It is rat snake. Small head and long tails.
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Old 12th September 2020, 11:14   #830
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Looks like a Common Krait to my eyes, and that is very poisonous. The location of the snake in the image gives me the shivers !
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It is rat snake. Small head and long tails.
Yes, I too think it is a Krait from matching images on google. The tail is longer than a rat snake's and the print is very similar to a Krait's.
The location of the snake gave me shivers as well. It was in a friend's bedroom whose apartment is on the 3rd floor (stilt +3 style apartments) and he had a close shave with it!
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Yes, I too think it is a Krait from matching images on google. The tail is longer than a rat snake's and the print is very similar to a Krait's.
The location of the snake gave me shivers as well. It was in a friend's bedroom whose apartment is on the 3rd floor (stilt +3 style apartments) and he had a close shave with it!
It is not a krait.....very much a rat snake. a juvenile rat snake.
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Yes, it's most probably a rat snake. A krait has much more distinct rings like this.
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Is it wrapped around a bed post ?
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This guy came in front of my bicycle today. He was trying to cross the road but decided to turn back after seeing me.
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Old 23rd September 2020, 17:41   #834
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This guy came in front of my bicycle today.
Yellow rat snake ?

This was in Kerala ? I have had quite a few hair-raising experiences of snakes
on the road while cycling in Kerala. Since I usually cycle late evenings & road
lighting is poor, would see them only at the last moment & would lift up my legs in panic.
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Yes, it's most probably a rat snake. A krait has much more distinct rings like this.
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Is it wrapped around a bed post ?
Thanks for the clarification. When I searched for rat snake on google, I couldn't find any photo that resembled the snake in my picture and so thought that it is a krait.

Yes it is wrapped around a bed post.
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Yellow rat snake ?

This was in Kerala ? I have had quite a few hair-raising experiences of snakes
on the road while cycling in Kerala. Since I usually cycle late evenings & road
lighting is poor, would see them only at the last moment & would lift up my legs in panic.
Yes, it is rat snake. Very common in Kerala, isn't it?
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Old 24th September 2020, 14:58   #837
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I had a close encounter when I was in Goa once. Me and my friend drove to a secluded beach from Anjuna. While driving back, I wanted to pillion ride for a while and asked my friend to drive the bike instead. I stopped the bike, was just getting down and there was this green slim snake right from a tree nearby that crawled super fast right between the two wheels of the bike. My friend freaked out so badly, he kept shivering all the way back to the hotel. While I do not know (still yet) if they are poisonous, my friend told me that they indeed are and he freezes by looking at a snake.

There were quite a few in our campus in boarding school. It was a hilly area so we saw the cobras the most.
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Old 27th September 2020, 11:53   #838
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Can anyone identify this snake? Appears to be a Krait to me.

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This pic was sent by a colleague of mine. The snake slithered it's way into his home at night and met its end.
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Re: Snakes!

Could be wolf snake too. Only an expert can make out the difference between them.
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Really scary to find such uninvited guests in ones' car.
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