We have hired a helper for our farm. His name is Sadaiyan. He comes from a village called Kumbapadi. That village is about 3 km from our house if you climb onto the hill and walk across. If one takes the road it is about 4km. Sadaiyan keeps bringing various stuff which he finds on the way. One day he brought a very ” valuable” item which sells for one lakh rupees. It is . . . .the famous double headed, baby snake .
Many people believe that this creature has two heads and can move in either direction very fast. This is one of the finest tricks the creature plays on its predators. It is a sand boa. unlike other snakes, it does not have a proper tail but a blunt tail which looks like head. When threatened, an Indian Sand Boa will hide its head and hold its tail up in the air and wave it back and forth. The moving banded tail is more likely to be attacked than the concealed head.
Our man wanted to keep it and once it is grown sell it. the market price is Rs.100,000 as per his info. We took out our snake book and showed him about this “ulavan pambu” or “iru thalai manian” and explained the tail de-tail! Still unconvinced, he brought a bowl of water and put the snake inside, saying that both heads will prop up! It didn’t and then he agreed! We left the boa in our farm to breed and live happily ever after!