I was wondering about my laundry, and needed to check on it in the laundry room. So as I'm walking out from the back porch, I hear a rustle on the ground next to me (maybe 2 feet away). Probably a frog or lizard right. I glance over and see a FOUR-FOOT (no, I am not exaggerating... exaggerating, I'd say it seemed more like 8!) COBRA slithering towards the laundry room. I didn't even stop for a second glance! I turn around sprinting through the house to call the guard to come. (Derek, this one's for you!) As I recall (though some - ok fine, all would beg to differ), I ran through the house calmly saying, "Ah. I am alarmed." I yelled for our guard (Gilbert Khalala) and told him to come quickly because of a large snake. He ran over, and found a long stick (10-15 ft.) while we got the flashlights. The snake was hiding in the shadows behind the laundry room, so we couldn't tell where it was. When we got the flashlights, it started to come out towards Gilbert. He attempted to hit it several times, and eventually (it seemed to take an eternity) killed it. It was still moving, however, so one of the ladies shouted from the porch, "It's not dead! Kill it!" My dad replied, "It's dead." in a reassuring voice, to which my cousin Amanda replies, "Well kill it more dead!" So we pinned it with the stick, and my dad bashed the head with a large rock. As you can see it is now, definitely, "more dead." We discovered it was a cobra after we killed it, when we saw a wide neck, and a fang roughly an inch long! Praise God we did not have to discover it was a cobra by any attack on the snake's part! We're all (at least physically) fine, though I'm really thinking quite seriously about that huge gap at the bottom of my door!! Not to mention the scorpions we've seen this week (no, I'm not kidding!)!
written by Steve Ripley
Ok guys this is a true story, I witnessed the whole thing. To be honest all these bugs and squirmy things are starting to get to me. I can handle big poisonous spiders and rats but when it comes to snakes get me out. The day after we found this, there was another one was found by my hut. I'm telling you if one of these ever gets into my room I'll be on a plane quicker than you can say snake. We identified the two we have seen so far and they are both poisonous, a spitting cobra and a green mamba. Here's an interesting fact: if a spitting cobra gets venom in your eyes (which it aims for) the only one to neutralize the poison is to flush your eyes with either milk of urine. There is not a lot of milk here so that leaves urine. Apple juice anyone?
P.S. Steve screamed like a girl and a higher octave than I could ever reach :)
If you look close you can see it's 1 inch fangs!
We have found 2 scorpions now, I guess we'll start wearing shoes. Yes mom that's my hand.
It really was 4 feet here's the proof
Glenn smashing it with a rock to make sure it's more dead.