Post by Teddy Regpala on Aug 19, 2008 17:31:54 GMT
Rey, do you have an estimate on how big that is?
Not an expert on reptiles, and in fact I know very little of them, but that one looks like a non-poisonous (or at least not lethal) one.
3 or so years ago, we saw a snake in our own backyard. I thought it's just a big earthworm, as it's only about 10-12 inches long, and the body is at most a little thicker than a mongol pencil. I captured it and put it in a bottle so I can ID it properly. I found out that it's a typical garden snake, which only grows up to only 12 to 14 inches. But still ... it's a snake!
Then we found another one, not sure when (yeah, I'm getting old).
And just about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I found two dead (similar) snakes on two different stone pads in the garden, on two consecutive weekends!
Not sure who killed them, it's either the feral cats that's been loitering around recently, or one of the birds I suspect (mourning dove or the western scrub jay), as they are the ones I saw digging the barks around the stone pads. They might have mistaken it as an earthworm.
Anyway, yeah, be careful out there. It's one of my worries too when birding here in California as we have venomous ones around here like the rattle snakes.
Post by Lydia Robledo on Aug 19, 2008 19:23:23 GMT
Rey, it looks like the cunning snake in the book of Genesis. It's beautiful, deceitful. Ixi can tell what it is. She's an expert on snakes. I still laugh whenever I recall her first close encounter with one.
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Rey, it also could be an Elaphe erythrura, Brown Rat snake, this guy is also commonly mistaken as a cobra. It gives an almost the same stance as the cobra when threathened.it almost has the same coloration and the scales is almost the same too.
Ding Carpio,too bad security had to kill it. that is one lovely Naja.
Could it be the Philippine Cobra? Here's a photo of one that got into our house some months back and the village security had to kill it.
The first photo (the brown snake on a tree) is NOT A COBRA.
But the one in this photo is difinitely the notorious Cobra.
Also, there maybe some non-venomous snakes that resemble the cobra's look but as per my knowledge, only the Philippine Cobra thrives in our archipelago.
I used to live in Ilocos. My uncle from Bacarra died after being bitten by a snake. He said it's color was yellow. Just like this yellow snake here probably. He died about an hour after he got bitten. It's just very unfortunate that he wasnt brought to the hospital immediately.
This type of snake is the only yellow snake that I have seen in our environment anyway. Others are green, brown and dark brown to black. I once saw a snake in Ilocos which had a dark brown color (or black) on its back but it's belly was reddish.
I also saw a yellow snake while crossing a 5-meter wide irrigation canal in Ilocos. My uncle who died after being bitten by a cobra was traversing a similar canal when he got bitten.
Seems like most cobras thrive in such areas.
Precaution is to get away from it when you see one. But if it's in your property already, then better hunt it down and kill it before it hurts any of your loved ones.
A kumpare once told me a horrible story about a family in Pangasinan. The parents left their kids while asleep to go to work. When they returned, the kids were both cold dead. The cause of death could not be immediately determined but they later saw a Cobra resting beneath their hut's "papag". The bite marks were discovered as well.
Yes, Drew. Unfortunate the village guards had to kill the cobra. But it was coiled and striking as it had been backed into a corner of our family room. I'd have probably done the same were I there. Much as I live and let live, protection of my family comes first.
Before that incident, I'd usually find small snakes under a plantpot near our front door and, much to the horror of my family, I'd catch it and throw it back into the nearby forest. I guess, mostly, people's kneejerk to seeing a snake is to kill it.
Snakes are probably one of the most misunderstood creatures.
I'd rather add life to my years than years to my life.
Just had an experience at Malagos. Stayed there for a night after a friendly guard offered to accompany me to the watershed the next morning (I was restricted access the first day). Was preparing to go to sleep when the guard called me out and told me one of the locals killed a snake. He had been ambushing the snake which ate three of his chickens. Such encounters between humans and these reptiles can sometimes be deadly for one or the other.
This one is not venomous. This is a RETICULATED PYTHON. A pet for many. Food for those who have the stomach for this as well. ;D
They should have just handed it over to the Philippine Eagle Center instead of killing it.
By the way tree snakes are okay but there some of these that are venomous. The differences between venomous and the non-venomous that can be noticved readily is the shape of their head. Venomous snakes have a diamond-shaped head usually. Their iris is elongated usually (like that of cats) while the non-venomous have round ones (like most mammals).
The first photo above looks non-venomous based on its head.
Like most vipers, Habu snakes have an enlarged and angular head, markedly set off from the narrower neck, a relatively heavy body and short tail relative to the brown Treesnake, and enlarged front fangs that are erected when biting but fold horizontally when the mouth is closed. These snakes are true vipers native to the Southeast Asian Region and larger island groups including the Philippines, Ryukyus, Japan, etc. They are all venomous, and the bite of many species can be fatal. They should be treated with considerable caution if encountered in areas outside their range as well as where they occur naturally. Medical attention should be sought promptly in the event of a bite in which venom is likely to have been injected.
Sea snake is a venomous tropical snake of the family Hydrophidae, found primarily in the warm coastal waters from the Indian Ocean to Pacific. It's adapted to marine environments with its paddle-like tail and compressed body, giving it an eel-like appearance. Nevertheless, unlike other aquatic animals, it does not have gills and must come to the surface to breathe. The sea snake's body is generally flattened, and it has a specialized lung and nostrils with valves that enable it to remain submerged for over 8 hours.
Snake's Description: Hydrophis Belcheri's thin body is usually chrome yellowish in colour and is surrounded by dark greenish bands. Head is short and has same color as that of bands. Its mouth is very small but suitable for aquatic life. Its body when viewed outside water appears having fainted yellow colour.
Snake's Names: Its scientific name 'Hydrophis Belcheri' was given by John Edward Gray in 1849 which commemorates the British Naval officer and explorer Sir Edward Belcher (1799-1877). Hydrophis comes from Greek 'hydro' = water + 'ophis' = serpent, belcheri comes from latin here 'belonging to man named belcher'. It is also referred as Faint Banded Sea Snake and Belcher's Sea Snake.
Snake's Characteristics: Hydrophis Belcheri is a sea snake. The scales of this sea snake is different from other snakes and they overlap each other. Dorsal pattern does not extend on to venter; Hydrophis belcheri scales with a central tubercle. It is highly compressed at the rear of the body and has a short head. Abdominal board is very narrow or non-existent. Like other sea snakes it has a paddle-like tail which make him an expert swimmer, it never go on land, eats fish and shellfish. It breaths air, has valves over its nostrils that close underwater. It can hold its breath for as long as 7 to 8 hours while hunting and even sleeping but then has to come over water surface for a quick breath of air. It is a docile specie and not aggressive at all. It may deliver a provoked bite only after repeated severe treatment. It usually bites fishermen handling nets but (1/4)th of those bitten are envenomated since Belcheri rarely injects any venom. Few milligrams (mg) of Belcheri's myotoxic venom is enough to kill an estimate of more than 1000 people. It's the most venomous specie of snake known to date.
Snake's Length: Hydrophis Belcheri range from 0.5 to 1 metre in length.
Snake's Distribution: It's main habitat is the Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea off north-western coast of Australia. It is also found in seas of Indonesia and the South Pacific, having been recorded in the Philippines near Visayan and Panay islands, Gulf of Thailand, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands.
This sea snake is not ranked nor included in my top tens due to its non-terrestrial nature and limited human encounters. Even if it bites it rarely injects any venom, though being most venomous it is not most dangerous at all.
Philippine Cobra ( Naja Naja Philippinensis )
Snake's Description: Philippine Cobra is a relatively small stocky brown snake.
Snake's Toxic Rank 3: Philippine Cobra is the world's No.3 venomous snake. Extremely poisonous snake after Krait. Please don't go on it's small size it is extremely deadliest snake from Philippine.
Snake's Characteristics: Philippine Cobras are recognized by the hoods that they flare when angry or disturbed; the hoods are created by the extension of the ribs behind the cobras' heads. Philippine Cobras are famous for their use by oriental snake charmers because they respond well to visual cues. Philippine Cobra is Philippines most poisonous snake.
Snake's Habitat: Philippine Cobra's habitat also include open fields, human settlements and dense jungle.
Snake's Length: Philippine Cobra's average length is usually up to 100 centimeters.
Snake's Distribution: As it name says Philippine Cobras are found in Philippine Islands.
Wagler's Pit Viper is perhaps the most well-known of the green, arboreal pit vipers to be found in the region. This is a snake of primary forest, mature secondary forest and mangroves. It is active by night; by day it generally lays coiled high in the trees.
The term "pit viper" refers to heat-sensing "pits" which occur on each cheek - these are used to locate prey. As with other pit vipers, this species has haemotoxic venom, meaning it is poisonous to the blood system.
The species can be identified by the triangular head. Juveniles are mainly light green with narrow pale bands, and adults are dark green with thicker yellowish bands.
Wagler's Pit Viper ranges from Southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi and the more southerly islands of the Philippines.
SIMILAR INFO ON WAGLER'S PIT VIPER;
Wagler's pit viper or temple viper Trimeresurus wagleri
Description: Green with white crossbands edged with blue or purple. It has two dorsal lines on both sides of its head.
Characteristics: It is also known as the temple viper because certain religious cults have placed venomous snakes in their temples. Bites are not uncommon for the species; fortunately, fatalities are very rare. It has long fangs. Its venom is hemotoxic causing cell and tissue destruction. It is an arboreal species and its bites often occur on the upper extremities.
Habitat: Dense rain forests, but often found near human settlements.
Length: Average 60 centimeters, maximum 100 centimeters.
Distribution: Malaysian Peninsula and Archipelago, Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines, and Ryuku Islands.
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