My last Saturday morning in Rabi began with a call around 6.30am from the Camp BossÂ warning meÂ that a resident had discovered a snake in his shower. He sounded quite panicked as he told me he was going over there withÂ the SecurityÂ Chief and a member of theÂ pesiticide-sprayingÂ crew to check it out.
Envisioning huge, bright green mambas,I drank my morning coffee and wondered whether it might be fun to go and check it out for myself. I’m not scared of snakes, in fact Rob and I own a Rainbow Python. Well,Â in truth,Â Rob owns it, since I make no effort with respect to it’s feeding or maintenance, as I am not keenÂ on the idea of feeding live animals to other live animals in capitivity.
I was a bit shocked when the Camp Boss turned up in our offices half an hour later with the smallest baby snake I have ever seen.Â I’veÂ dugÂ up bigger earth worms. I’ve included a picture of it above at the bottom of a water bottle that was being used toÂ carry it about in.
I wasn’t surprised to find out that the person making all the fuss about the snake in his shower was a Gabonese guy. It is a strange but true fact that the Gabonese people living in Rabi are more scared of their own natural habitat than most of the ex-pat community. I get more complaints about elephants, mosquitos and now, miniature snakes, from Gabonese guys than I ever do from expats. In fact the only complaints about elephants come from Gabonese people,Â although what I am supposed to do aboutÂ elephants in Africa, I don’t know.
At first I thought this was because of a greater understanding and a respect for the wildlife in Africa by it’s own people, but now I’m really not so sure!