Bali offers a wide variety of wildlife and with Brad being wildlife’s number one fan we dug deep, trekked the mountains and flipped rocks to find it!
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
Although this blog is not aimed at animals in captivity we do need to mention that unfortunately a percentage of Bali animal tourist attractions should be completely be disregarded. Many animals at these attractions live in unacceptable conditions, they are forced to do abnormal things and not fed the correct diet. We can help by avoiding these places and concentrating on wildlife and rescue centres.
Let’s get back to nature and start with Brad’s expertise and favourite animal on this planet…
Ok, don’t freak out, you don’t often see wild snakes in the touristy areas of Bali however they are around. It is also usually the case of if you are not looking, you probably will not see one.
Saying that… if you are living in the more local areas out of town, you will almost definitely see several snakes.
The translation for snake into Indonesian is ULAR. Listen out of the locals shouting ULAR ULAR…
DO NOT try to move, capture or kill them – Bali has many venomous snakes that can kill you if a bite is left untreated. Many of the Balinese kill snakes with shovels (trust us its horrendous to see and extremely dangerous). Killing them is not only inhumane but you also have to get up close – why would you risk it? Snakes are FAST!
Bali reptile rescue is a non-profitable organisation that offers a free relocation service 24 hours a day. Although we do not recommend staying close to the snake you should try your best to keep an eye on its movement so you can pinpoint the location when the rescue arrives.
Water/ hose pipe is a great gentle humane way to re-direct the snakes movement from a distance.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you would like to identify a snake there is the Snake ID Facebook group. Simply post a picture of the snake into the group and state your location – one of the many professionals that run the page will identify within minutes. REMEMBER NOT TO GET TOO CLOSE WHEN TAKING THE PICTURE.
If bitten by a snake you should:
- Call the ambulance or BE DRIVEN to the closest hospital immediately.
- Try to remember the shape and colour of the snake.
- Try to move as little as possible – minimising the amount of movement will minimise the amount of venom travelling around your body.
- Ring the bite with a pen – throw a Sharpie into your first aid box as this will help the medical professionals. Try scribble down the time you do this too.
- Take off all your jewellery – think ahead about swelling.
- Don’t apply ice, heat or chemicals to the bite – you may make things worse.
Antivenom is used to treat all venomous snake bites. Antivenom is an antidote to snake venom – it contains antibodies which are proteins that neutralise the snake’s venom toxins.
Be extremely careful walking in the rice fields and in long grass with open-toed shoes. If you are walking in the dark we recommend using a torch to light up your walking path – most snakes hunt at night!
The picture below is of a non-venomous reticulated python that our neighbours had in their house. As Brad is experienced in handling snakes and was 100% confident the snake was non-venomous he re-located it into the bush.
BALI STREET DOGS
Bali street dogs are walking around everywhere, it doesn’t matter where you go, they will be there. We were shocked at the number of dogs on the streets but it soon came to our attention that this will be an on-going issue for many years to come. With the street dogs breeding like wildfire and not enough resources to neuter them it will be difficult to resolve this problem in the near future.
There are many dog rescue centres in Bali however they are overpopulated and have little income, as a result of this many are no longer taking in new dogs, they simply cannot cope with the demand.
Although it is very tempting to cuddle and pamper the street dogs it is important to remember that they are wild and some do not know how to act around humans. You will find that the majority will run away when you get up close however there will be a handful that wont.
Whilst living in Bali we had countless experiences of the stray dogs chasing our scooter as we drove past them. The dogs would bark and follow the scooter however thankfully never bite – this was just a threat.
The Balinese locals have a love/ hate relationship with the stray dogs. With the outbreak of Rabies on the island the locals will often throw stones at the dogs to scare them away, however, on the other hand, some of the stray dogs are not actually stray and actually belong to some warung owners for protection.
What can you do to help?
Unfortunately, it’s not something we can resolve overnight but we can defiantly contribute towards helping – small steps in the right direction.
If you see an injured stray dog we recommend calling a dog rescue centre to see if they can help. Do not try and pick the dog up yourself, you do not want to put yourself in danger – the rescue will do this for you.
When you are shopping, buy dog food. You will find stray dogs rummaging through the bins for food as they are starving, please help them out and leave dog food in bushes away from the public.
BAWA supply nutritionally balanced food to Bali’s stray dogs on the streets every day. They also treat the dogs for medical needs – amazingly they also deliver dog food to rescues who are in need. What a fantastic association!
We can help by donating to the BAWA.
‘To feed and medicate 200 dogs it costs $3000”
One of the most common species is the Long Tale Macaque, the Balinese call them “Monyet”.
You will see the locals throwing stones and shooing monkeys away usually with brooms – the locals and monkeys do not have a good relationship however we must respect that they have been on the island for hundreds of years before us.
Seeing a monkey in the wild is such a novelty and let’s be honest its the perfect Insta shot but… these monkeys are dangerous! They will jump on you, pull your hair, pinch your sunglasses, they will empty your bag and in some cases bite!