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Narrow escape from a poisonous snake.

Summary: RAS AL KHAIMAH -- An Emirati family in the Kabdah mountainous area of RAK was shocked at seeing a huge poisonous snake behind a small garbage bin in their compound on Tuesday morning. The snake measured about 1.5 metres long.

RAS AL KHAIMAH -- An Emirati family in the Kabdah mountainous area of RAK was shocked at seeing a huge poisonous snake behind a small garbage bin in their compound on Tuesday morning. The snake measured about 1.5 metres long.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Bakhaiti, head of the family said that he and his family had narrowly escaped being bitten by the poisonous snake.

The Emirati heard a rustling sound near the garbage bin as the snake crawled around it trying to get into it.

"I was standing with my two children near the garbage bin outside the main house as we waited for their school bus," said Al Bakhaiti. "I heard something moving around the garbage bin. At first, I thought it was a rat. When I moved closer, I was shocked to see a big snake with its mouth wide open. The snake which seemed to be suffering from hunger hissed louder on seeing me," he noted.

Al Bakhaiti quickly stepped back away from the bin and took his children into the house. He then picked up a huge stick from his compound and bravely moved towards the bin.

"I hit the snake several times on the head with the stick until it died. I then removed the dead snake and threw it in the big garbage bin outside our compound. I was lucky I saw the snake before it harmed any of my family members," he added.The Emirati said they had been worried about their safety as snakes had become increasingly common in residential areas. He revealed that just last week he had killed another small snake found moving around his compound. Al Bakhaiti has called on the municipal authorities to chalk out urgent measures including the use of spray pesticides in the areas near mountains to control snakes that might harm people's lives.

According to residents of Kabdah, snakes usually come down from the nearby mountains looking for shade particularly during summer months.

These snakes can easily sneak into people's homes in search of food and shelter which poses a threat to the safety of residents and their children, said one resident. The mountains harbour various reptiles and insects including many species of snakes, rodents, black spiders and others. Many residents of the area confirmed that they have over the past years killed scores that they found near or inside their homes especially during the summer season.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 11, 2011
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