It's a house full of snakes; Family flees `Snakehouse' in Wayanad
Sultan Bathery: Following continuous threat from snakes, a family was forced to leave their house here in Wayanad. Sunitha and family who reside near Govt. Taluk hospital were shifted from their own house as snakes started to stray into their living space. According to the family members, a large number of snakes are found inside and outside the premises of the house.
“To prevent snakes, we demolished the kitchen and bathroom where snakes were largely found. But nothing changed. Snakes are still found here,” said Sunitha. Venomous snakes are regular visitors.
The family has having sleepless nights at the house as venomous snakes like cobra (moorkhan) and common krait (Vellikettan) slither into the house. One day, three common kraits were caught from this house. But none of the snakes was killed.
Earlier, snakes were rarely found here. But nowadays, the snakes are leaving the people rattled and keep straying into the house every day.
“When we look towards the roof, snakes are seen slithering. Snakes are seen everywhere including the wall, under the asbestos sheet, rooms and kitchen. Hence, we were forced to shift from the house,” said Sunitha.
Sunitha was living in the house with her son Pavan, a Plus two student and daughter Nandana, a Plus one student.
“8 months ago, my husband Satheesh was killed in a road accident. From then on, I am afraid to live here due to snake threat. My husband used to catch snakes and remove from the house premises,” said Sunitha.
It was 17 years ago, Sunitha and Satheesh purchased the house in 4 cents of land. They extended a part of the old house 8 years ago. Following this new construction, snakes started to slither into the house.
No snakes in neighbour houses
“Earlier, there was a snake mound on the land where Sunitha’s house was situated. They demolished the snake mound to construct the house,” said the natives.
The family has tried many tricks to prevent the snakes from straying into the house and premises. They made many offerings at various temples too. But the snakes continue to disturb them.
A few people say that snakes have been coming from a canal in front of the house. But no other houses in the area are facing such a threat.
Sunitha and her children have been living in their relative's houses at Fairland and Meenangadi for the last three months.
Sunitha’s children are studying at Kalpetta SKMJ Higher Secondary School. She is working at a hotel run by her brother Vinod.
“When we visited our house on Monday, a cobra was found in the hall. My daughter caught it and released it into the canal,” said Sunitha.
Though Sunitha is afraid of snakes, she wishes to demolish the old house and construct a new house on the same land.