Category Archives: Animals of Thekambattu


Indian Chameleon (Chamaeleo zeylanicus Laurenti, 1768)

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Forsten’s Cat Snake

I took the dogs out for their evening walk at about 8pm. When I entered the house, heard a hissing sound from behind the store room door. As I was wearing long trousers, and it does make a sound like that when walking ( you need to be in a place like ours to listen to subtle sounds like that !),I was not sure. Anyway opened the door and peeped in. Nothing .
A little later I entered the store room again to switch on the outdoor lights. I saw it then. A very long, slender snake. Very slow in movement. It was 8.30 pm and I was tired. Went and got our transparent “snake-pipe”. covered it with a towel to darken it. Put the pipe in and goaded the snake to enter. But that snake was going anywhere but the pipe. Mind you the store room was tight – 4feet by 4 feet!! there was so many drums kept on the floor. The snake would move from one to another to hide. I slowly removed one drum after another. No more hiding place – both for him and myself!!. I was sweating profusely. Talked to the snake. ” I dont want to kill you. Please move into the pipe.” It seemed to have understood and moved in!! After one hour of goading. . .
Quickly covered the open side of the tube with a cloth and took the towel off! Vow, what a beauty, it was! huge eyes for its small head. vertical slit on the pupils. Thought it was a viper from the head shape and the spring action. But also doubted because Vipers have short tails – this had a very long one. Took a number of pictures. Posted in forums where people help in identifying. Now I know! It is a Forsten’s Cat Snake. Boiga forsteni.
I released it after keeping in captivity for more than twelve hours. It was a bit dizzy; would not come out of the pipe! have to shake it off. . . good bye my friend. This time I was able to save you. . .

Forsten's cat snake

Forsten’s cat snake

Forsten's cat snake

Forsten’s cat snake

New addition to the family!

99 out of 100 cows are named Lakshmi. For us Vani is closer than the god of wealth! So it is VANI!

Vani, lovely friendly calf!

Vani, lovely friendly calf!

Vani in her new home. She is a little confused.

Vani in her new home. She is a little confused.

Date with Cobra

Wolf or Bridal snake?

This was last month’s visitor! Our dog Comet started barking in that strange way whenever he wants to alert us. When we went out, we saw this guy crawled up. We drove him into a long pipe with one end closed. Once he was in, we closed the other end too and left him in the bushes. . .

Wolf or Bride??

New Friend

Thanks to our neighbor Vellaiyan, Arjun has got a new friend. This new friend is defying all the old knowledge 🙂 he moves so fast it is unbelievable!

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This month’s photos

Our slimy comrade.

We heard a great commotion of Myna’s yesterday morning in our upper field. We went to up to see what was it all about. About 6 or 7 mynas were pecking and chasing something on the ground. Then we saw him! The much feared Kattu viriyan! To be specific, it is kannadi viriyan or for the non-tamils Russel’s Viper. Our people working with us wanted to kill it but we stopped them and gave the snake a safe passage!

Cow with a frown!

She did not want to be photographed. She gave that look and went off to her eating spree.

Arjun likes to climb

Our Neigbhors - Pappyi amma and her grand children