The Dangerous Snake

by Dayo Olaiya

Coiled SnakeWhen I was in Nigeria my cousins had a farm but we lived in a different city. Where we lived we did not have enough land for a farm. Where my cousin lived they had big land that they could use for a farm. They had about ten acres. Sometimes we traveled to their place. When we got there one day we were looking at their crops. Then later my cousin said it was time to start work.

My cousin has five children. Three of them are boys and two are girls. The boys were working with their father while the girls were working with their mother. The boys knew how to work very well.

When we were about to leave the farm, my cousin told my dad that he wanted to show him different crops. When we came back to where we were supposed to wait, we saw a snake and the snake was coming in our direction. We ran and the snake was following us. My brother said that we are not supposed to be running from a snake. Then we are supposed to kill it.

We stopped and turned around and we started chasing the snake and the snake turn around. Then his head got bigger and my brother threw a piece of wood and the wood hit the snake on the head. The snake put his head down and we ran there and killed it.

When we went back, my dad asked what took us so long? We told them what happened. My dad's brother was screaming at us. He said that we most not play with snakes and he asked what type of snake it was. We said, "It was a cobra." Then he said never play with a cobras. It is a poisonous snake.Copyright © 1999, Silver International, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD USA (This page was created by Claudia, Emmanuel, and Meron)

Copyright © 1999, Silver International, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD USA (This page was created by Claudia, Emmanuel, and Meron)