| Hamidah Ismail |
THANKS to Rosman Roslin and 1stopbrunei Wildife, two snakes have been returned to their natural habitat.
Animal lover Rosman had contacted the wildlife club to assist in rescuing the slithery reptiles after a family member had encountered the ‘uninvited guests’ at a flat.
The snakes, which were released on advice from a scientist at a local university, were identified as a Striped Kukri Snake and a Striped Bronzeback. Both are naturally small-sized and can be found in forests, farmland and sometimes in parks and gardens.
The Kukri snake earned its name on account of the shape of its back teeth, which resemble a Kukri knife commonly used by Gurkha soldiers. Both are non-venomous and quite harmless, however, like any other animal, might bite if provoked.
The club advises the public not to kill snakes as they are mostly harmless.
1stopbrunei Wildlife is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to protect and preserve the wildlife here. In the past, they have rescued a number of endangered wildlife animals including the pangolin and slow loris. It also conducts free talks at schools and colleges to raise awareness of wildlife protection.
At present, the club is experiencing shortage in funds for their activities. Corporate organisations and individuals keen on contributing to the cause can contact them on Facebook at 1stopbrunei Wildlife or on Instagram @wildlifeclub.