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Deadly Playmate

Imprudent Nusa Dua Security Guard Dies After Being Bit by 'Pet' Snake.

(12/27/2008) A 21 year-old security guard at a hotel in the Nusa Dua complex, Wayan Budiartana, died in the Intensive Care Unit of the Sanglah General Hospital on Saturday, December 20, 2008, after being bitten by a snake.

According to Radar Bali the guard found the snake on the grounds of his place of employment and proceeded to play with the serpent for nearly three hours. Mislead by the tame nature of the black snake, he allowed the reptile to coil about his arm and neck.

A subsequent bite inflected by the snake to the guard's right arm caused the man to become confused and lose his balance, before falling unconscious. Despite being rushed to the intensive care unit of the hospital, the young man died at 1:30 p.m..

There are an estimated 450 species of snakes in Indonesia, only a handful of which are considered dangerously poisonous. Most snakes, in Indonesia, when given advance warning of human encroachment, will choose to flee rather than confront engage in a confrontation.

As a general rule, if we leave snakes alone, they will return the favor.