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Whoops - almost stepped on a snake!

One August morning, I was preparing lunch. I made my way through our garden to fetch cabbages and onions from our vegetable patch in the next field. After passing our pit latrine, I saw a snake crossing the footpath ahead of me. As I watched, it slid into undergrowth next to the path.

snake
snake


About 60-70 cm long, the snake was moving sluggishly because it was mid-morning (after heavy rain in the night) and the watery sun had not warmed it up yet.

snake stripes
snake stripes


I suspect that this type of snake is harmless. It probably eats insects and small eggs. However, when I have time, I shall do some research to identify it.

Ethiopians are very afraid of snakes and kill them on sight, whether they are innocuous or not.

There are venomous snakes in our area - we lost a dog to one two years ago.