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Snake Tales II

In Snakes on June 7, 2010 at 7:07 am

Let's get to work: Sayan (right) and his assistant.

I’ve always thought of snakes as these near-perfect killing machines – a bit like sharks, but on land. Designed for the simple life: kill, eat, procreate. I’d never considered that snakes might make mistakes.

That was until I was checking our water pump, which had been giving a bit of trouble. When I slid the concrete lid off the well top, I was greeted by a harsh hissing noise. I pointed my torch into the well and there, swimming around 12 feet below, was a juvenile monocle cobra, about a metre long.

How it got there, I’ve no idea. But it had definitely made a mistake.

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