A couple of weeks ago, our friend Nory came over with her husband from Duero, to have a look at our native house and the garden. Wile Trevor was giving them a tour of the garden, Nory saw a small baby snake wrapped around the flowers of the Kalansuy (Kalanchoe).
What a surprise! Rather frightening but I was able to take close photos of the baby snake. It is beautiful. I think it must’ve fallen off the nearby coconut tree.
Although I have seen several grey-coloured snakes in Quezon City, it is only here in Bohol where I have seen so many colourful snakes. The names that people give the snakes here seem to correspond to some characteristic such as the colour.
An example is the Halulukay which is a long green snake that resembles the coconut leaf (lukay). Another is the ugahipon which is long snake with red belly and black and red spots along the sides like a shrimp (hipon). There’s a type of sea-snake called tag-wao which is so poisonous that it can kill a person in 8 (walo) days.
Other snakes here are udto-udto (noontime snake, has a yellow belly and black top), dupong (a short snake that “hops” along the ground rather than crawls), buyang-yangon (a red and black snake), banakon (a snake resembling the Philippine python but has a grey colour and a wider head, tangking (a black and white sea snake).
We have not been able to identify the baby snake in the garden, however. It seems most common and is probably the udto-udto.
In Dasitam there is someone called Gunding who is known to cure people of snake bites. Gunding practises folk medicine employing prayers and herbal poultices. However, I must learn how to treat snake bites on my own.