My mom and my sis were hyperventilating but i just told them to get out of the kitchen while i snap some photos, because it ain’t everyday that a snake comes to visit.
My 80+ year old kao kung strongly supported this decision. “Of course we must take pictures first”. He wanted to fight the snake too, but i didnt let him.
The little creature was very still, so i looked through the various kitchen utensils until at last i came upon what might do the trick. A rusty long nose plier, thin enough to fit, strong enough to wound.
Felt no fear whatsoever, just a calm curiosity and enough cattiness to pounce while maintaining a safe distance. Mentally went through what i remember about snakes.
Got myself a pair of slippers too.
Told my mom (who had just noticed a lot of dirt under the cabinet) that sweeping the floor right now was probably not a good idea. Because apparently her desire to clean things was bigger than fear of the same snake that sent her screaming and running away only a few minutes ago.
“You can sweep the floor later.”
“But its dirty.”
“Yes, and soon there will be blood on the floor as well.”
“But that would make it even dirtier.”
“Go away mom.”
I tapped the snake out of its crevice with the long nose, then as it slithered, i used the flashlight app on my phone to locate it under the kitchen cabinet. Repeated strikes did not do much damage, until i pulled it into the open.
Allowing a crippling blow to the midsection, just under the neck, disabling three quarters of the body. It continued squirming, but i found its head, and flattened it.
Identification shows it to be either a harmless black garden snake or a baby cobra, but i’m no snake expert man, i just kill ‘em to be safe rather than sorry.
Its not a difficult fight, as long as you keep your head and remove its head. Afterwards don’t poke its head either. Snakeheads can still strike up to 36 hours after death. Something all cats should know.
And with that, the year of the Snake came to an end. Double wrapped in a red plastic bag and sent to the dustbin. Still moving but just reflex action.
Don’t worry so much.