The Kapuas

In 2005, a new species of snake was discovered around the Kapuas River in the Indonesian part of the Borneo Island. The snake expert that caught the reddish-brown, poisonous snake put it in a container and when he went to retrieve it, the snake had turned almost completely white. This skill is noted in the reptile kingdom but it’s rare to see in snakes. It’s ability to change colors is what kept it from discovery until then. Camouflage makes them all the more difficult to find, as if they weren’t already master escape artists. The Kapuas Mud Snake is one of thousands of newly discovered species. It amazes me that Mother Nature still has the juice to surprise us after all this time.

Now imagine – without looking it up to find images of it – a chameleon snake? I imagine a large, hefty serpent with jaws wide enough to swallow a pig. It’s shockingly long and it’s black scales glisten as it moves in an ‘s’ pattern towards the river embankment. Its scales begin shifting, ripening until it flushes out into the muddiest green. The snake glides into the water, under the pressing moonlight, noting the chill. It shifts again to a time-weathered white, almost glowing just under the surface. It becomes another ripple in the water, as a guest in the Kapuas river.

I don’t know if the Kapuas Mud Snake has just any color on tap when it needs it but it’s rare ability is intriguing nonetheless. It still possesses an advantage that fooled other animals and humans. I also imagine that the skill affords it to explore more places undetected. How far could a Kapuas Mud Snake go if it wanted to travel the world?

None of us know where this lifetime is going to take us so it would help to add as much to our pallets as we can, while we can. We’re less likely to have our travels interfered with if our awareness isn’t struggling within an inch of its life. We all know that phrase ‘knowledge is power’ but it’s also safety from the negative forces that try to trip us. It’s why we should strive to boost our awareness. To nourish our budding kens.

What are some ways you keep a steady flow of knowledge in your life?

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