May 15, 2019
I’ve mentioned a few times that we live in quite a rural part of Niigata. Our immediate surroundings include rice fields and a river, so the wildlife you can come across is incredible. Lots of frogs, caterpillars, and sometimes these guys...
It’s hard to tell based on how I snapped the picture, but if he was fully stretched out he would be about the entire width of the road. He was just out sunning himself, and as far as we’ve been told by neighbors, this kind of snake is harmless. For this Aussie though, the sight of a snake still makes me jump a little - it’s all the years of it being ingrained in my head that snakes are poisonous!
After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!
Here in northern Chiba Prefecture, we see aodaisho, blue generals. They’re so big, but they’re harmless. They eat critters that eat crops, so we don’t resent them. One morning, our aodaisho was waiting for me on the front porch. It didn’t run away, just had a good look at me. They don’t mind humans.
@TonetoEdo that's reassuring to know! Our neighbors have also told us that there aren't any poisonous snakes around these parts but I still jump when I see them! I think to me the size freaks me out too. Don't know what I'd do if there was one just on my porch!