Rio the Malayan Racer

Some more good news to share with you all today ! 😀

We rescued a little snake, the “Malayan racer” (Coelognathus flavolineatus), in front of my house together with a few local kids.

We decided to give him the name “Rio”, to let the children familiarise themselves and not be scared with reptiles – especially snakes.

So, earlier, I heard yelling outside my house and I saw there was a snake trying to fight a big chicken. Unfortunately, some of the kids tried to kill the snake by throwing stones and branches at it. Immediately, I jumped out of my seat and ran as fast as I could to STOP! them all. Finally I caught the little snake.

The kids who throw stone and branch asked me, “Why did you stop us killing this venomous snake?”
I told them that certain kinds of snake do not have any venom – like this one. They believed that all snakes were venomous and could kill them. I felt so proud to be their ‘older brother’ (kakak in Indonesian) and their teacher, when some of younger kids said:

“So many snake eat rats on our plantations and our paddy fields, so we must not kill them all!”

After that, they argued a little about the snake, and I tried to teach them the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, and what we should do when seeing a snake or – God forbid – getting bitten.

Some of kids were very curious, and looked long and hard at the snake. I let them touch it, for some it was the first time in their life, and I saw a beautiful response to the little snake. Some of them said its skin was so soft, and its eyes so cool! A few were still scared about snake… Gotcha! They will be the next helpers to join me on a search for reptiles.

After that, we released together Rio in a good habitat far from the school. They’re still wondering why I wasn’t scared with snake.. 😀

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