Another Babushka!

The little pink snake

Its rescue season in CME! The last time it was a lissom damsel, now its a teeny toddler but with all the attitude of an adult.

My daughter Aditi and her friend Sunayana  were cycling along the CME Lake road when they came across a small pink strand moving next to the road. It was a baby snake. Naturally Daddy-O was called upon to drop whatever was doing and come to rescue it!

When I remarked mildly that the snake was in its natural habitat and that nothing need be done, animal-loving Aditi pointed out the dry grass-less environs, two stray dogs nosing the bushes on the other side of the road, some jungle crows perched above and the clear daylight which would highlight the baby to those out looking for a snack.

The miniscule snake found itself ensconced between two Grecian Goddesses armed and ready to war with those who considered a small snake as an item on the Bill of Fare. It was having none of this,  it formed a coiled S shape with the front part of its body,  flattened its body and lunged with its tiny yaw at the girls in turn, quite oblivious to the fact that it’s gape was too small to even hold onto a proffered finger. While I drove to meet them, the snake kept them busy with its tiny antics.  The girls passed the time in IMPORTANT DEBATE! The snake, they decided was a female and accordingly they named it Gaga after the latest goddess in pop music. Unfortunately for the girls, a brief cloudburst drenched all three before I could reach there! Finally, I reached and their vigil was over.

Gaga - the feisty little trinket snake! Note the S-shape coil and laterally flattened neck.

They watched with great concern as I nonchalantly  picked the little pink snake up by its tail and dropped it into my butterfly net. Soaking wet, they leafed through my copy of Whittaker & Captain and correctly identified it as a juvenile Common Trinket Snake (Elaphe helena).

Home the snake came, to be photographed and released in our garden in a clump of bushes and grass next to our concrete pond bordered with a small stand of bulrushes.

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8 Comments on “Another Babushka!”

  1. flowergirl Says:

    You have one brave daughter!! Common trinket snake or not, I would have kept a safe distance! Try as I might, I just cant get over that irrational surge of fear from the pit of my stomach!

    It doesnt look very pink in wikipedia…is that the juvenile’s colour?

  2. Life father like daughter! 🙂

    I would have ran away miles if i spotted a snake 😀

    • I have this fond dream that by reading this blog, people like you, who have been conditioned by society against snakes, bugs and other creatures, are able to realise that these too are God’s creatures and that they need to be understood and accepted not hated or feared.

      I am hopeful from your frequent visits and comments that this may actually happen one day.

  3. Ava Says:

    I agree with the aforementioned ladies.

    Your daughter is indeed brave.

  4. Madhu Says:

    Hi Ashwin,

    I wanted to thank you for your comment on my post about socioeconomic drivers urban bird diversity over at Reconciliation Ecology. I just responded to your comment but wasn’t sure if you are a frequent enough visitor to my blog to catch my response! Hence this completely off-topic comment on your turf – with apologies for the same! 🙂


    • Thank you for your response. I have been a silent visitor to “Reconciliation Ecology” from time to time, probably since I visit through Google Reader. Its refreshing that an Indian writes intelligently about Science (sorry for the racist or nationalist comment). Sadly most Indian nature/science blogging is at relatively lower levels of sophistication than yours, mine included.

      I think we are connected in another way other than nature/science blogging. I too proudly consider myself an alumnus of WII having attended the first orientation course for army officers way back in 1985 and a four-day workshop in 2009.

  5. Madhu Says:

    And kudos to your daughter and her friend, btw!

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