Island Mystery: A Snake Adventure

{Island Mystery is a series in which I give you clues about the mysterious island paradise that I am living on.}
The snakes here are not venomous. So we don't worry about being poisoned by them. They are hardly seen, but can be found in forests and mountains.

A few years ago, I was working at a summer camp. We went on an excursion to a forest, and didn't expect to see any snakes.

To our surprise, there was a large one (more that five feet long) coiled up and sleeping in a tree!

We were excited to see the creature, and some of us were scared too. We were told by the tour guides that the snake wasn't venomous at all. But who wants to get bitten anyway?

There was one adult to three children. In all, there were about seventy children and ten adults (including tour guides). I had six children in my care, as one of the adults had to take care of other duties.

The rules included no running no matter what happens...

Not so for me though! When I saw the snake biting the hand of the forestry worker who climbed into the tree to fetch him, I galloped faster than a donkey ever could! At the same time shouting to the six children in my care, "No running! No running!" In seconds, I was far away from the tree and the snake!

Well... The forestry workers got the snake under control and I got myself under control soon enough to maintain my reputation as a responsible member of the camp staff.

But my galloping was the talk of the camp for the rest of the week...

Happy Monday!☺

Love,
Summer

41 comments

  1. EWWWWWWWW you can keep that snake on your island (giggling). Have a beautiful day friend.

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  2. A cute story! I would have been running with you!

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  3. Hello, I enjoy your cute snake story. I am glad they are not venomous! Happy Monday, enjoy your day!

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  4. Cute story. You had me laughing as I could picture all this in my head.
    Lisa

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  5. Wonderful story! I think I would have had the same reaction.

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  6. How about Fiji! I love your story - telling the children no running and you take off - that would be me if it was a giant spider - or if there would have been something around to kill it that would have been me slamming away at it - story there that my girls would have to tell :)

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  7. Venomous or not, I would have been running with you, Summer!

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  8. That's a funny story, hope the guy was ok though. Love the photo.

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  9. Summer, I laughed about your snake experience. Bless your heart. I went to a zoo with my daughter this summer and got to see a boa named Julius Squeezer..the handlers would not allow us to touch him...I wanted to. But as you said no ones wants a snake bite, poisonous or not...I think it could still be harmful. Be safe. Blessings,xoxo, Susie

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  10. hahaha funny post. I would have done the same thing!!

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  11. Hi Summer, I laughed when I read about your running away while advising the children to walk! I’m not very keen on snakes but thought I was quite brave until my husband and I came across an Eastern Brown Snake while in Australia. Our son who lives there had previously warned us about how dangerous they are, so we ran as if our lives depended on it! Considering we were wearing flip-flops rather than sensible shoes, we probably did the right thing.

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  12. I agree running was a good option LOL I would too!

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  13. Its a scary snake post but your story was funny. Now I can laugh at your story but if I am there, I will run faster than you and even scream the loudest too. And that will cause chaos in the group!

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  14. Hahaaa...sorry, but this is hilarious. Kids will always remind You from that <3

    My oldest son just got a pet snake...I'm happy 'cos he doesn't life home anymore, so I don't need to take care of that creature ( I'm on goose bumb) ;)

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  15. You can keep those snakes on your island. ;-) Here in northern IL, the only snakes I ever see are the harmless garden snakes - and even those freak me out!

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  16. Yuk, I don't like snakes period, they can have they.. Seen many rattles when I was a young girl when my auntie used to take us black berrie picking... Scary I couldn't wait to go home.. Happy new week summer with love Janice. Thank you for your dear visit

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  17. Interesting story.
    The snakes scare me much I prefer to see them in pictures...hahaha
    http://www.pperlenoirstyle

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  18. Ha,ha,ha... I can see myself running /RUNNING when I saw the snake and also screaming for the kids to run [even though, it was against the rules.lol] Fun blog post.. Have a great day.

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  19. LOL you must have looked so cute gallopping :-) I won't blame you though...at sight of such large snake, I would gallop away, too!

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  20. Ha ha ha... I would be running right beside you. What a wonderful opportunity to be a camp guide! I would enjoy this. Really enjoyed your blog post!

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  21. I think I would have been running faster than you...I hate snakes ans we have a lot of them here in Michigan. Only one poisonous one makes its home here and I have never seen it in my life..which is a good thing. Janice

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  22. Oh my I'd probably be doing like you. I can't believe I was able to look at the pictures let alone read this..Ugh I hate snakes.

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  23. Haha, great story! I think I would run as fast as you, I would be scared:P

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  24. Hahahaha!! Oh that is rich! Running and shouting "no running!" Did you get the picture of the snake from someone else? Or were you brave enough to take it before he started messing with it? It's a really pretty snake/picture. But I don't blame you for running. Sometimes it's better to run than to be bit! I can't guess which island you are at - yet!

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  25. The mere thought of a snake that big scares me silly!
    Brenda

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  26. Summer, even though I've never been a runner, I would definitely be running if I came upon a snake. I love nature but I really don't care for snakes. ♥

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  27. Summer, I am horrified of snakes...I bet I would have outrun you! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  28. Hmmm. I have no idea where you are, but if I were in the presence of a biting snake (even without venom) I would running away, too!! ;)

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  29. Well, I know you don't live in Indonesia! I lived in Indonesia and I know that there are LOTS of poisonous snakes there. It's best NOT to run because the snake will think either "prey" or "threat". :)

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  30. Snakes are scary for me can't stand the sight of them they give me the creeps

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  31. Well, you know the old saying "do as I say, not as I do". :-) I think I would have running the other way too Summer.

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  32. Summer we have lots of snakes here in Australia and many are venomous so we learn from a young age to treat them with respect...that means to RUN ...like you :-)

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  33. i don't know why but snakes attract my attention in an undefinable way ,though back in my village i used to encounter them and killed few all by by myself and helped my brother to kill one that was almost five feet long still i like looking at them they have incredible body language and moves ,
    you are very brave and definitely a responsible person and your staff must be proud of you dear ,stay blessed

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  34. Brrr, he looks impressive! But why did the forestry worker climb to fetch him? Wouldn't it have been easier to let him stay where he is and to guide the children to go other way? :)

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  35. Oh my goodness - he is a big snake! I would have run, too! I think you were the smart one :) xx Karen

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  36. Lol ! you probably were the "hero" of the day ! I would have done the same with a spider, a snake doesn't bother me at all !

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  37. good grief. i am only 5 feet one inch tall!
    to think he'd be as long as me... ewww! LOLOL
    when i first started reading i thought...
    OH she's in guam! but then realized that their brown snakes are poison. and from what i've read they're over run with them. still trying to figure out where your island home is. :)

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  38. Girl friend, I would still be RUNNING! Oh my! I don't do SNAKES of any kind. Love your story though. Kind of reminds me of when my kids were little I would often say...don't do as I do, do as I tell you to do! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  39. What a funny story, and I agree with you, I think it is inherent human nature to get away from a snake as fast as we can, lol! :)

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