My meeting with a Snake at 2AM

Taiwan Banded Krait

My meeting with a Snake at 2AM

I was editing pictures from a recent photo-shoot I did, and I saw our cat Ninja getting weird. So I looked to see what he was getting weird about and I saw a smallish (not that small) sized snake slither under our stage. I grabbed a microphone stand and went after it.  I was thinking maybe not poisonous.

But still, in Taiwan, always be careful of Snakes…. cause you know. .. they can bite and kill you.

I went back to editing pictures (I was editing pictures for a recent Music Fest I took pictures of… I was feeling all artsy and everything).

An hour-ish goes by and I get up to pour myself another glass of wine. Ninja Cat was still hanging around. I whispered to our cat, small snake Ninja, relax.

Another twenty minutes goes by and I hear a noise, I get up thinking it was Ninja messing with the snake. I go to where the sound is, and it’s not Ninja. Ninja is in back of me. I see this huge ass snake with stripes, I go after it with my microphone stand. I just want to give it a knock to disorientate it and get it out of my house. I have been catching snakes in our house for years. Big ones, small ones, short ones, long ones… I’ve got pictures of quite a few. I very rarely kill them…  and if I do, it is usually an accident or I get the feeling that if I don’t kill it, it might kill me or someone in my family.


It slithers away. I think I might have given it a knock or two, but it is somewhere behind some of my speakers and other music stuff.


I go outside to get my long tree branch clipper (it isn’t very sharp) and I have just turned off my fan so I can hear every little noise.

I’ve kept my boots and pants on (at 2AM, I’m usually writing or editing in my undies/naked and barefoot. Not now I ain’t!).

I’m paying very close attention to the cat now.

The snake had white stripes, so I am pretty sure it is a Taiwan Banded Krait/環蛇 or what the Taiwanese call an Umbrella Snake.

So I look up Taiwan Banded Krait to make sure … and yes that’s what it is. I’ve caught this kind of snake before. They generally don’t mess with humans… but if you get bit by one, you will wish you hadn’t.

So I identify the snake. That’s what it is. 

SOOOooooo, that means while I was hunting it, it was probably hunting the smaller snake I saw earlier. 


UPDATE: Saturday August 19. My band is coming over to the studio for rehearsal. I’m getting everything set up. I’m running cables and wires, setting up microphones. I fix a plastic yellow crate that full of wires that I had kicked and broken when I was trying to get the big snake out from behind it so I could catch it and get it out of my house.
The band comes over, we are soundchecking, I go into the patsic yellow crate to get a wire and there is a FRIKKEN SNAKE in there!

I jump back and yell snake. My band thought I was messing with them.  I grabbed a big orange garbage bin from outside and slid as much of the yellow crate into it as I could. Then I carried the whole thing outside. Set it on the grass, slid the bin off, grabbed a long branch cutter, dumped the crate full of wires on the ground, then lifted the wire with the branch cutter. Johnty the Bassist, grabbed his camera and took a quick vid of it sliding into the bushes in my yard.
The snake must have been the first snake I saw which the Taiwan Krait – or the Umbrella Snake – was hunting to eat.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Taiwan Banded Krait here you go (thanks Wiki!)

Features:  A snake with the most deadly neurotoxin among terrestrial venomous snakes. It is relatively placid and rarely attacks human unless wounded or threatened. The head is an oval shape while the back has a very distinctive black and white banded pattern. 

Behavior: Oviparous, often lives near water. Emerges at dusk and is nocturnal by preference. Feeds on other snake species, lizards, swamp eels and loaches. 

Distribution: Found at low altitudes in Taiwan, Kinmen and Matzu near water, rivers and ponds.

Bite Symptoms: The needle-like bite marks are hard to see. When bitten, it feels as if there are ants crawling over the wound. Victim becomes sensitive to wind, experiences blurriness of vision, numbness at the root of the tongue and difficulty breathing.

For further reading about snakes in Taiwan:

Happy Friday!

Just for Gits & Shiggles

Here are some of the photos from the festival I’ve edited… you know, to get your mind off the snake…



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