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Old 24th March 2023, 10:28   #961
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Isnt this the bronzeback tree snake; can never understand cat's fetish with snakes (now I know, why we say "curiosity killed the cat")
Was reminded of this "viral" video that was doing the rounds.

No clue if the information related to reaction time shown in the video is true but still...

https://www.timesnownews.com/videos/viral-videos/a-cats-reflex-is-faster-than-the-average-snakes-reaction-time-this-fight-clip-is-proof-video-98474353#:~:text=The%20page%20informs%20that%20an, %2C%2044%2D70%20milliseconds'.
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Old 24th March 2023, 10:44   #962
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Can the knowledgable please confirm how high a wall has to be, and how far from branches, etc, from which a snake could reach.
As per the below video, even those living in high-rise buildings are not safe.


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Old 25th March 2023, 00:34   #963
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No clue if the information related to reaction time shown in the video is true but still...
Yes, I saw that on instagram. It is impressive. My initial response was: yes, but every time? Snakes never win?

My considered response is that this video might be real, but I am always suspicious of nature/animal stuff where there just happens to be video set up and recording it. Unless it is real natural-history coverage, in which case the cameraman might have got lucky, but might just as easily have trying for hours, days, or even weeks.

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As per the below video, even those living in high-rise buildings are not safe.
To snakes, that piping must be better than a ladder! We need a few feet of smooth wall with no such "foot"holds.
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Old 25th March 2023, 11:12   #964
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To snakes, that piping must be better than a ladder! We need a few feet of smooth wall with no such "foot"holds.
They can climb up through corners as well.



I think, as you said, a buffer zone of smooth walls (glazed ceramic tiles) should do the trick, but will be costly to implement.

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Yes, I saw that on instagram. It is impressive. My initial response was: yes, but every time? Snakes never win?

My considered response is that this video might be real, but I am always suspicious of nature/animal stuff where there just happens to be video set up and recording it. Unless it is real natural-history coverage, in which case the cameraman might have got lucky, but might just as easily have trying for hours, days, or even weeks.
Of course. Fully agree with you on that.

After watching that "viral" video, i did watch a few "authentic" videos on youtube and looks like in most cases (or at least documented ones) cats do come up on top. Snakes are best suited for ambush and need to get a quick bite in. They do tire faster than cats anyway.

There was a video of trail cam where a bobcat goes up against a rattlesnake and man, that was enlightening.

Animals are just amazing to behold.
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They can climb up through corners as well.
That's amazing. Thank you very much!

The snake is going well, I wonder what stopped it from getting to the top. If it could have reached, would it have just fallen down the other side? Would it be ok with such a fall?

It just emphasises how little I know about snakes.

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I think, as you said, a buffer zone of smooth walls (glazed ceramic tiles) should do the trick, but will be costly to implement.
Just a plain plastered wall?

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... looks like in most cases (or at least documented ones) cats do come up on top. ... ... ... Animals are just amazing to behold.
As a cat person, I hope so. I heard that a mongoose can beat a cobra. I guess it must be able to outwit a cat too. We used to see an occasional mongoose in our garden. Never saw any interaction with my cats.

I do think that snakes are awesome too!
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Old 25th March 2023, 21:36   #967
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If it could have reached, would it have just fallen down the other side? Would it be ok with such a fall?

Just a plain plastered wall?
In the dark regarding the answers. Sharing an article I found on the web.

https://wildlifeinformer.com/can-snakes-climb-walls/

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Re: Snakes!

So my wife sends me this photo now. She's in Tamil Nadu with the kids on holiday and my snake crazed 6yr old son finds this in the garden there

Looks like a striped keelback juvenile?
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Looks like a striped keelback juvenile?
Probably... did it change color while he was holding it?
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Probably... did it change color while he was holding it?
Checked with the lady and she says no.
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I have watched them do it. Technically it is not a color change, it reveals lot more colors when alarmed.

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The buff striped keelback is nonvenomous and totally harmless. When alarmed, it inflates its body causing the bright interscale colours to be exposed.
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Re: Snakes!

We have an outside toilet and a shower room. Toilet is in use by workers and anyone who prefers Indian-style. Shower room is used for storage and has been filled up with empty boxes and rubbish.

Big clear out today, with help of some builders who are doing work for us.

Opening the door, they found this fellow:

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I was asleep! My wife managed some poor phone pics, but pattern is visible. Can I have an ID please?

The snake was enticed into a bucket and taken away. Allegedly it was released somewhere.

EDIT, thumbing through snake book: Wolf snake?

PS... Wife says it was not at all aggressive; just slithered into bucket.

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EDIT, thumbing through snake book: Wolf snake?
Don't they have similar patterns to the common krait? Begets the question then, could it instead have been the krait?
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Don't they have similar patterns to the common krait?
No idea! Seeking guidance here
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Re: Snakes!

Close shave for the kids. We made the mistake of keeping some toys in the garage. In that pile, my son found a slithering baby cobra. Immediately called the BBMP snake rescue number and they sent a catcher within an hour:





Apparently, the snake will be released in a nearby forest and video of the release will be sent to me later.

Snake catcher charges: Rs. 1,200

He mentioned that snake bike treatment in Bangalore is free. You need to rush to any nearby hospital, who will then guide you to a hospital that has a store of anti-venom. You can then produce the treatment bills for a reimbursement. The funds are paid out either by BBMP directly or through MP/MLA development funds. Those in West Bangalore can go to Unity Lifeline Hospital in Nagarbhavi or People Tree Hospital on Tumkur Road (opp to Taj hotel)

By the way, the pile of toys also had this toy snake:

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My nephews are young and they like to sit around in the garage to play. Obviously, we have now cleaned out everything from the garage.

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