Seven and a half months. SEVEN AND A HALF MONTHS!! That's how long I've gone without seeing a snake. When I arrived in Niger, I told God that if I found one in my house, I'd be on the first plane out of here. And thankfully, He's held up His end of the deal.
This afternoon when I went home for lunch, I was peacefully sitting in my livingroom, when all of a sudden I heard a crazy commotion outside. I peaked out my window towards all the brouhaha and found a pack of Nigerien men outside of the house next door.
Feeling curious, I went to take a closer look.
The men were all employees at the maintenance shop. They stood in a circle, and there in the middle was the head mason holding up a thick, long black rope.
I thought that was odd.
But then on second glance, I realized it wasn't a rope, it was a SNAKE!
A Spitting Cobra, to be more precise.
Apparently they can 'stand' pretty tall, and they spit their venom at their prey. This one was about 6feet tall . . . 2 meters! His head looked pretty bashed, and there was a big slit down one side where blood was leaking to the ground.
They assured me he was dead . . . but I didn't want to get close enough to be sure. The way my life goes, they'd hand him to me, he'd pull a The-Exorcist-Move and his head would spin around, he'd flash me a big cobra smile, then eat me alive. (Okay, so even at thirty I have an over active imagination when it comes to creepy-crawlies!)
But, as if one today wasn't enough, I was walking into town this evening with My Mentor and STA-J, when deep in conversation, My Mentor shrieked and jumped backwards.
There at her feet was a pencil thin, maybe a foot long, brown and beige slitherer. We booked it out of there, found a guard, and took him back to exterminate the little beast. The guard started to spear him with a club . . . we started running.
I never knew snakes could jump like kangaroos. Without feet or legs, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a snake that could compete in the high-jump.
The way I see it, two in one day should be a Get-Out-of-Snake-Free pass for my next two years.