Snakes seek shelter indoors to escape intense heat

Snake Princess Ma Shwe Lei seen together with a snake she caught.
Snake Princess Ma Shwe Lei seen together with a snake she caught.

Poisonous animals, including snakes, have entered homes to seek refuge from the fierce heat, Ma Shwe Lei, chairperson of the Shwe Myitta Parahita Association, told The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM).
With high daytime temperatures, underground temperatures rise at night, forcing the snakes to leave their nests.
“It is now scorching during the day and a bit cold at night. The snakes are more active at night. There is a lot of heat being released underground. Another point is that we can quite often see the snakelets at this time. Not very long after hatching, baby snakes tend to move around everywhere. We had to move many snakelet groups,” said Ma Shwe Lei, famous as “Snake Princess” for her active role in catching snakes for public safety.
Since snakes and other poisonous animals can hide in cool places inside a house, people should be vigilant, she said. “Over the past few days, we had to frequently move the snakes that were hiding under doormats, in toilets, between toilet seats and lids, and near toilet-use water pots. These are places where people would not normally notice. People do not feel comfortable because of the intense heat. So do the snakes and other poisonous animals, and they find fewer hot places. The one I had to remove yesterday was coiled up under the linoleum. It was a cobra. So, people should be careful. They should not hold a pile of clothes until they have thrown them out. A snake could be hiding there,” she said. — Thit Taw/ZN

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