I live in a suburban area but when I moved here about 20 years ago it was a real rural area surrounded by rubber estates and a swamp on one side. This part of Peninsular Malaysia is noted for the great number of snakes and every year we have many snake-bite victims, mostly from being bitten by the Malaysian pit vipers and cobras. Deaths are very rare as treatment for snake bites is easily available from our many rural clinics and hospitals.I've had my fair share of snake encounters within my house compound, including 2 cobras in the bathroom and one in the sitting room.I have killed about a dozen cobras and one banded krait (6 ft long). I can hear the howls of horror from conservationists but these had to be killed because they were fighting with my dog Roger (who just hated snakes).But that did not help him in the end because he was killed by a cobra.
In case anyone thinks I like to kill snakes I can assure you I don't. Indeed we have these two non-poisonous snakes, the Painted Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis pictus which have a free run above the ceiling of the house and they are almost like our pets. They shed their skins periodically in the eaves of the house or above the windows, as shown in the pictures.They help to keep down the gecko population, which makes my wife very happy as the gecko droppings can cause quite a mess in the house.