Patrick spent 2 days with the people from Reptile Rescue in Bali. They make over 800 house calls a year, all for free, just because they love snakes and don't want them killed. Before they formed their business 5 years ago people who found a snake almost always killed it, poisonous or not. Now many people in Bali have come to know and appreciate snakes, and even value them as pest control, only calling for relocation when the dangerous ones are found. Reptile Rescue makes it's money from people like me and Jeremy, another guy on the trek with me, who pay to come along. They also took us out to some great spots around Bali to find snakes. This trip was extra special because it was the annual release of about 40 baby king cobras. Each year they find at least one nest too close to people, so they take and incubate the eggs, then release them when they hatch, lucky timing for me.
They picked me up at our hotel in Ubud with a car full of many kinds of snakes to release. Peter, the owner immediately handed me a bag with a grin. Inside was a baby civet cat which I was asked to feed milk on the way to our hotel (Pic and more info at the end).
We drove for a couple hours to a more remote part of Bali and checked into our hotel. As I was putting things in my room Peter yelled for me to hurry up. I came running out to see him on a scooter "Quick we've only got a little bit till someone kills it!" Peter knew absolutely everything about snakes but he wasn't so good about keeping us informed about what was happening. We took a crazy ride down a rocky sandy road to a locals house and ran around back. The whole extended family was there and very excited and anxious. In the roof of their gazebo was a reticulated python. Peter let Jeremy and I get it, which took us too long and Peter was rolling his eyes, but Jeremy eventually got its head and we brought it back to the hotel, holding it while on the back of the scooter. A baby, about 3 months old and over 3 feet long.
|Peter's colleague Eddie got it out. A small (9 foot) king cobra. We got some pictures in the family courtyard. We then spent a half hour searching the rest of the farm, but didn't find anything.|
|Eddie showing off with Jeremy and I.|
|Peter and I checking out the baby kings.|
|bye bye to my first retic.|
Then I finally got a picture of the baby civet cat, which isn't a cat but related to a mongoose.