Spanning 4 generations from the lady who introduced me to her household and placed in the high traffic
most-loved area in the dining hall, I have heard conversations, differences and whispers on world affairs
to traditions to hand-me-down secret recipes. There are many tales to tell - for the benefit of her grand
children and great grands.
02 December 2012
When A Snake Comes A Calling
Few months ago, something caught the attention of the cats. Captain Jack Sparow HAWK simply could not tear his one eye from this interesting object.
EJ decided to investigate, and rushed to grab the camera to quickly record the moment.
Ramphotyphlops braminus is a harmless blind snake species found mostly in Africa and Asia. Completely fossorial, they are often mistaken for earthworms, except that they are not segmented.
It is known as Brahminy blind snake, flowerpot snake, common blind snake, island blind snake, and Hawaiian blind snake.
Adults are small and thin, averaging between 6.35-16.5 cm (2½ to 6½ inches) in length. The head and tail-tip look much the same, with no narrowing of the neck. The rudimentary eyes appear only as a pair of small dots under the head scales. The tip of the tail ends with a tiny pointed spur. The head scales are small and resemble those on the body. The colouration of the adults varies from shiny silver gray to charcoal gray or purple. [Source: Wikipedia]
This recent one was a second encounter the cats had with a snake and it reminded EJ of the first a few years ago. The first encounter.
EJ was sleepy. It was almost midnight. As usual, EJ would make one last check on the cats before going to bed.
The cats were crowding round of what EJ saw was a big fat worm. The meowyard light was not bright then. EJ took the broom getting ready to sweep it out. That almost foot-long "worm" reared its head.
Woooh! An adrenaline rush and EJ's eyes opened wide, completely woke up in an instant.
You should have seen EJ's reaction, the kungfu stance holding the broomstick balancing on one leg with the other leg kicking and pushing seven cats away (there were seven then), and with one clean swipe (a swing that could beat Tiger Woods flat) with such accuracy (a hole in one?) that EJ did not even see the snake flying through the slit (tapering where the widest was less than half inch) under the back metal door and out to the drain.
The snakes encountered on both occasions were of different species.