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Dhaman (Rat snake) in my backyard

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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2010

It was an exciting Saturday morning when our gardner woke us up saying there's a "huge" snake in the backyard. We called the "Sarpa Mitra" guys who took the snake to safety, along with its 5 freshly laid eggs (and one or two in the tummy)!
For the Biology buffs -
Ptyas Mucosus.— Locally known as Dhaman, this snake is very common all over the district. It grows to 10 feet in length and is camel yellow with black and brown marks especially in the tail region. It is a very agile snake that virtually jumps to climb a tree. It always ties a knot by its tail to hold a branch and also secretes a foul smelling odour when handled. It feeds on rats and is a friend of the farmer in this respect. The eggs of this snake laid in the month of June in moist earth are collected for food by many tribesmen.

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