2010年5月30日日曜日

making a fuss over a visitor

I was out in the front garden watching Meg ride around the lawn in hair-raising circles- it's a bumpy lawn, with wooden stepping stones up the middle, the odd tree, concrete porch, gate and pot-plant to add to the excitement factor- when the sparrows started going berserk. They have colonised the eaves all around the house and we're all kind of used to them doing their thing and being noisy at all hours of the day but this seemed a little noisy even for the sparrows.

Went around to have a look and found them all sitting in the bamboo at the corner of the house creating a cacophony. Looked at the roof and realised what was going on:


It's a shima-hebi or Japanese striped snake. Not poisonous so not that much of a worry.

I was rather disturbed to see it on the roof, though. We still don't have flyscreens on all the windows here and we don't leave the downstairs windows open too much for fear of uninvited cats coming in for a look see but I had assumed the upstairs was pretty safe and routinely leave all the bedroom windows open.

I have no problem with snakes- they eat mice, do their thing and don't bother me if I don't bother them- but I do not want to find one curled up on my pillow or among Amy's menagerie of soft toys!

2 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

bloody hell. We found one on our upstairs balcony one time - well the skin of one at least. Slippery buggers. Not nice.

Slime さんのコメント...

Yikes! Do snakes climb? That's just CREEPY!