Since you have reported on these shoelaces turned into vipers, I guess they didn't harm you?Michèle
Fret not! Our book says it is a grass snake and they don't bite and certainly are not poisonous. The yellow collar is the clue. The vipers have a black V on their necks and zig-zags along their backs.If picked up by the tail they are said to turn into sticks (see Exodus 4 v.4) presuming that it was a stick to start with.
Oh phew.... We Kiwis are somewhat paranoid about snakes as we have none of our own. But I do wonder how many other 'shoelaces' might have been vipers. Without my glasses on I am just shortsighted enough to miss some of those kind of details!
No snakes in NZ? I have a son who would be in heaven! Michèle
No snakes here- nor in Ireland either. There have been a few very old fossils found here that suggest snakes but they have been long perished. We separated from Australia some 80 million years ago, so are missing quite a few things from our shores...