Snakes were numerous and everywhere. Some men liked to hold them for photographs or keep one as a “pet”. Vince Stila was playing with a small snake endowed with a rainbow colored underside, even holding it so others could take pictures. We found out later it was a “Sand Viper” that could drop a human in a few minutes. Rats were an easy meal for snakes as they were everywhere. Rats prosper in war zones. Cobras had a bad reputation among soldiers and were hunted and killed the moment one was seen.

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