Oligodon or the common kukri are about 50-70 cms in length and are eagg eaters. They feed on lizards, frogs and small rodents. This snake is easily identified by a band which connects the eyes and a large A shaped rostal. When provoked these snakes raise their necks , and strike side wise. With well defined black cross bands, which vary in number and width, according to individuals. Pale brown to orange above with a yellowish white belly. These snakes are nonvenomous. The scientific name for this snake is Oligodon arnensis. Looks alike to the common wolf snake and krait.
I have always been scared of snakes. The main reason is that I have not taken the time to study & understand the beautiful reptiles. Our home is situated in the suburbs of Chennai, Madipakkam. The areas used to be full of agricultural lands which gave way to apartments and high rises as the population and the city expanded. I have had my encounter of snakes in this area many a time, with them staying in our backyards, garden and gliding over our legs as we stood in the backyard. But this was a first, a common kukri entered our bathroom and hid itself in the flush hole. Every time it would come out of the hole and we could spot it, it would reenter the hole and would stay put there. This hide and seek between the snake and us continued for three days. We tried a lot of stuff in the past three days to remove the snake without hurting it. None in our family was interested in killing the snake. Finally today, it stuck me to use a trick which I had seen Romulus Whitaker use to catch a King Cobra. I took a piece of a plastic pipe (hollow one) inserted one end into a plastic bag and tied down the bag mouth, creating a funnel of sorts. Placed the pipe near the hole and waited. About 4-5 hours later, I inspected the apparatus to see the lovely grayish slithering snake inside the plastic bag. Removed the pipe from the bag, took the bag and dumped the snake on to the field next to us. The field is right outside of our house at a distance of about 2 feet. The snake slithered away. Later called up a friend of mine Ganesh, who works with the snake park in guindy and found out that it was a kukri.