Snake in your pants … or excuse me, there’s a snake in my toilet!
Lunch is getting cold when the phone rings. It’s Sir Pe explaining that he has to take a longer way home due to a large black snake with a white V on its head sitting right in the middle of the narrow bridge. Immobile. Tongue flickering. With a mean look in its eye.
He thinks it’s a poisonous adder.
I do what any sane person would do and rush out with my camera to try and take a photo of the magnificent creature. Unfortunately it’s moved off into the verge and slithers away quickly when it hears the shutter noise of the camera.
I return home feeling brave. My Facebook friends tell me later on that it looks like a harmless grass snake.
But I still feel brave because I took photos for you, dear readers, anyway – thinking it was a dangerous reptile!
Which brings me to the title of this post.
When I lived in China back in the 1980s, I visited many a temple perched picturesquely atop mountains.
Climbing thousands of stairs carved into the mountainside under a hot sun works up a thirst. So, you drink a lot.
And eventually, you have to pee.
Now toilets back then were non-existent, or – if you were lucky – large sheds with ditches overflowing with human waste.
So, you didn’t enter them unless you had to.
I just needed to empty my bladder. So, I wandered off into some brush, hid behind a large rock …
… and relieved myself. For quite a long time.
As I was finishing, I noticed a large black body and a very cross beady eye looking at me.
Somehow, I had managed to step on a snake and immobilize it while peeing on its body.
I jumped into the air and it slithered off looking … well … very pissed off.
Apparently, peeing on a snake stops it from biting you. Who knew?
Which brings back memories of that time in China when I came eye to eye with an angry green Tree Python.
But that, dear friends, is a story for another time.
So – what unusual toilets have you experienced?
For other, hopefully, snake-free adventures, check out: Camera Critters.
This entry was posted on August 14, 2010 by ladyfi. It was filed under animals and was tagged with adders, China, grass snakes, it was terrifying, pants, pissing snakes off, snake in the grass, snakes, temples, toilets.