I went to a talk about snake with the snake guy in Langkawi. He is the one all hotels and resorts call if there is a snake anywhere near the guests. What he does is capture it and then he releases it again somewhere in the jungle.
He talked about his education, his jobs and his families and he talked about the spieces of snakes on Langkawi. Very interesting!
The whole time there was 2 boxes standing behing him, in one of them I could clearly see there was a kobra wanting to get out. I was focusing on the slides and information we were receiving but very distraced by the boxes…
Being scared of snakes my entire life, picturing snakes in piles whenever the lights were out since I was a child. Like in the Indiana Jones movie you know? Getting teh shivers even talking about snakes and screaming really loud when meeting one in Sweden once…
So far in Langkawi i haven´t, yet, seen a wild alive snake (knock on wood) but there is plenty of snakes here so I guess it´s just a matter of time before I do.
The talk was very interesting and educating, we learned what to do if we find a snake and how to backoff from it.
Then it was time for the real deal. He took out the cobra he brought. Recently captured it was a wild snake. He dropped it on the floor!! Again. He. Dropped. It. On. The. Floor!
I was allready sitting on the desk because of my phobia so I felt pretty safe. The snake started to get away from him, coming towards the audience. Whenever he came close to someone he told them to stand perfectly still. (URGH!)
He antagonised the snake, showing us how it is reacting and what to do if we meet one, very educational.
Then he put the snake away and took out a 2,5 meters python. This snake is not venomous but it can surely bite and it will if it feels threatened. So he showed us how to react and get safely away from it, should it try to attack us.
After that he brought “his own snake” one he kept for over 2 years, one that is used to humans and good for educational purposes. He asked if anybody wanted to hold it and sure enough a brave girl stepped forward and held out her arms.
Byt this time I was mentally preparing myself, I wanted to touch the snake and I wanted so bad NOT TO. I was scared and by the time it was time for the next person from the audience to try I bravely stepped forward without hestitating (or thinking). He offered me to put the snake around my neck but I said no, asking him to hold it and also hold the head. After hesitating a but I finally touched the tail. Shaking, crying and laughing all in one (I always laugh when I am scared..). I got more brave and felt the body of the snake as it was moving around Othmans neck.
I was very shaken by the experience.
Amazing to feel the muscles as it was moving and it wasn´t slimey, cold or disgusting at all. What a relief.
After me there was another woman stepping forward and he put the snake around her neck, it actually got up and rubbed her nose, like he as cuddling very beautiful.
As I was driving home from the talk I had a big knot i my tummy and I was crying the whole way. Proud of myself for daring to finally touch a snake. Maybe I eventually can get rid of my phobia.
Picturing myself dreaming about a snake pit I was a bit scared to go to bed that night but I actually slept like a baby!