A well-known author for a Philippine travel guide once wrote: “The Philippines is big on small animals. By this he meant that there are not many large wild animal species in the Philippines, but a large number of small animals.
I can confirm this, even though you won’t see most of the small animals. Most of them are certainly not dangerous, like this one, which I discovered by chance on one of our flowers by the house. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t touch everything right away.
We were once walking on the access road to the Eco-Village in Malasag when I discovered a branch that had been bent twice and was about to pick it up and throw it to the side of the road when my wife stopped me, saying that it was a small snake. To me it was a branch as thick as a pencil. Then, as I got closer, the “branch” deformed into a straight line and quickly slithered away.
Another time we were with a healer, also in this area, when I slipped on a path covered with loose debris and had the presence of mind to hold on to a bush. That had not been a good idea. Within a few seconds I was attacked by hundreds of ants that covered my whole arm. This was great laughter for the children around, but it wasn’t really funny for me. I discovered the last ant later, back at home in my trousers.
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