«10 minutes dead» – NOT my kind of snake…

Everyone who knows me knows that I am extremely cold sensitive and that I hate winter and is a constant nag back in Norway from November to March. But, the frost and the cold jave at least one major benefit; we don’t have any venomous animals. Or, we do have the Common European Adder (“huggorm”), but it is not considered to be that dangerous (but, of course, it being a snake I still don’t want an encounter with one…).

A few years back I spent some time at an orphanage in rural India. I slept fairly well on a thin mattress on the kitchen floor with, but that rapidly changed the morning a colorful snake was discovered right outside my glass-less window. When I asked if it eas dangerous, I was told in really bad English “Yes, 10 minutes dead”. Imagine hor relaxed I got when a couple of the men in the village cought the venomous monster and let it loos just across the street, like 20 m away (WTF!!!) in my opinion at least 2000 km too close.

The morning after a scorpion was found outside, so safe to say I armed myself with a pointy stick and hardly slept at all for the remainder of the stay.