Wednesday, March 22, 2006


There are currently snakes on the campus. The picture below was taken in one of the new hostel blocks!

A 1.5+ meter long snake waiting to enter the bedroom!

The land of snakes

-The snake is a powerful symbol in Indian mythology and Hinduism. The snake represents rebirth, death and mortality due to the casting of its skin (symbolic rebirth).
-Snakes are worshipped all over India. Practices vary from region to region and include human food/flower offering, carved representations of snakes and festivals/temples solely dedicated to snakes.
-Snake charming, the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument, is common in India. The snake responds to the movement of the instrument, not the actual noise.


India is home to many venomous snakes. 250,000 snakebites are recorded in a single year, with as many as 50,000 recorded deaths.

When travelling in snake areas, follow the safety advices from Netdoctor:

-Wear long boots and trousers.
-Do not put your hands into holes or dark cavities.
-Make noises/vibrations in the surroundings as snakes react to 'shaking' and prefer to flee if given the chance (exceptions include Australian Taipans and Puff adders).
-Avoid going out in a snake area when it is dark as snakes prefer to evade bright light (take a strong torch with you if you need to go out in darkness)
-Stand completely still in presence of a snake as most snakes predominantly attack moving targets.
-Do not touch a snake in the wild. Only if someone has been bitten should you make sure that the snake is killed and take it along for identification. Put it in a sack that can be held away from the body or hold it by its tail.
-If bitten, seek medical care immediately.


Damien said...


Are you sure you want to go back???? This thing is longer than you, right? I am not too familiar with the feet system.

Elise, je sais pas cmt tu gères. Honnêtement... Ca me fout la chair de poule rien que de voir la photo. Contente de ne pas être à ta place.

Conseil (j'aurais bien écrit "ordre" mais je sais que tu es peu sensible à l'autorité primaire): tu arrêtes ton délire indien. Tu te poses en Belgique et on se fait des ptites soirées pépères...

Emilie said...


Damien avait commencé à écrire mais par manque d'inspiration, il m'a demandé de continuer... D'ou le "contentE".


erasmus-in-india said...

La taille du serpent est difficile à estimer sur la photo. Clairement, ça m'a un peu refroidit et j'ai sans doute un peu sur-évalué la longueur de la bête (6-7 feet serait plus crédible).

Etrangement, je n'ai pas vu un seul serpent en Inde mais je frissonne à l'idée des nombreux serpents que je n'ai pas vu mais qui devait plus que probablement être présents.

Clairement, on ne m'y reprendra plus à aller me promener en sandales avec un pote indien ds les forêts d'orissa à 1h du matin... avec des fougères/herbes jusqu'aux genoux. Mon pote m'avait dit qu'il y avait des félins (je ne sais plus lesquels) ds les parages. Ok, on gère (Naivement, Elise repère les plus hauts arbres lol). Mais des serpents? Pas moyen...

GuNs said...

Hey, theres a guy called "Snake Shyam" in Mysore who catches snakes and hands them over to the authorities for free. People call him up when they see snakes in their homes. National Geographic did an episode on him. Search for him on

BTW, the King Cobra is 18-19 feet long and like all other cobras, it can raise its hood upto one third of its length. So, 1/3 x 18 = 6. That means, a King Cobra can stand up and look at you IN YOUR FACE. For a majority of the population though, it would tower above your head !!

OMG...half the people would die of an heart attack on seeing that. It would be absolutely terrifying.


erasmus-in-india said...

Google results:

1) The King Cobra is generally found in deep jungles and mild cool climates with a lot of humidity. Though it usually tries to escape when disturbed, when angered it stands menacingly with one-third of its body erect, and its hood spread. It is regarded as a fierce and aggressive snake, and tea-garden workers often encounter it in the North East of India.

In India, the king Cobra can be found in the National Parks and Reserves of Buxa, Corbett, Manas, Namdhapa, Simlipal, and the Sunderbans.

Hmm, Orissa is in the North East of India. Gasp...

2) "Snake Shyam"'s Mobile: 94480- 69399.

GuNs said...

Good work !!
Maybe you can interview Snake Shyam for your research too.


Dexter said...

le monkee est tres gentil :D

erasmus-in-india said...

improving ur french skills, dexter? Btw, monkey=singe ;o)