Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thailand Stories: The Falling Snake

I often get caught up in the large things I'm processing while living here, and that is what often gets captured here on the blog.  However, the daily stories get lost and usually forgotten.  I'm hoping to chronicle more of the things that happen here....

We just love going to the waterfalls that are within an hour drive of our home.  Our favorite one is in Mae Kasa.

If it says "Hug" you better hug!

Down below there is a concrete pool where you can swim and play in different deepness levels.

Alisha's Dad enjoying the base on a different trip.
But then, there are some stairs that lead you up to different sections of the waterfall.  Each one is pretty with a wonderful view.  When you get to the top, there is another pool with a makeshift water slide made out of large PVC pipes.

No one had been in the pool for a couple of hours, and the water was super clear.
Until we got in and stirred up all the rocks, of course!

This place is awesome.  It's not as crowded as down below, and the water level reaches to Z's chest so he can feel confident moving around and trying to swim while still being able to always touch the ground.  The slide is fun too.

Z loves this pool

We can spend many an hour here.  It's shaded by some big trees that are growing up right in the middle of the pool.

This is where our story starts....

Back in November, we were enjoying our trip to Mae Kasa.  We had been in the water for an hour when suddenly, a branch broke overhead.  What we didn't realize immediately was that there was a SNAKE on the branch.  Everyone in the pool started screaming and running for the edge of the pool.  Everyone, that is, except N.  He just stood there as the snake came right towards him.  He was standing between it's escape from the pool.  Instead of bolting for safety, N just reached out and touch the snake's head.  Alisha was the closest to him, and was able to grab him and get him to the far end of the pool.  The snake was so startled from it's fall that it swam to the edge of the pool and rested for a few minutes.  It was then that we got a good look at him. He was long!  It was probably close to six feet, and all green except for his tail that was brown.  After regaining his composure, the snake slithered off to hopefully find a branch that isn't hanging over a big pool with humans in it.

N playing right where the branch would later fall.

We looked up the snake afterwards.  It was relatively easy to identify since we knew it lives in Thailand, in trees and near water.  The all-green body with brown tail was also helpful.  Apparently, it was a Red-Tailed Racer or Rat Snake, and thankfully it is non-venomous and not dangerous!!!

Here is a link to a video of some guys in Thailand with a smaller one.

It gave us quite a fright, but despite the craziness, we took Alisha's parents there the next week when they came to visit in December.  They were game!  But I'm glad that we didn't have a repeat occurence anyway.

1 comment:

  1. This story makes my heart pound! Glad it wasn't a venomous one!