The mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffii) is the most dangerous snake in Japan. Approximately 2,000~3,000 people get bitten by these snakes, and approximately 10 people die every year because of the snakes’ venom. (See Wikipedia)
The mamushi is also called the Japanese pit viper.
The color of these snakes are mostly brown, and they have diamond shaped heads. We have these snakes around the neighborhood in warm seasons. We’d better be careful!
The Okinawan habu, from Okinawa, is also very dangerous. This snake and the mamushi are the most venomous snakes in Japan. (Other snakes include the yamakagashi, himehabu, etc.)
Yesterday, October 2nd, I rode my bike in the nice countryside near my house. I don’t often go cycling, but I always have a good time when I ride my bike. I was able to enjoy the beautiful Creation that God has made for us. As I rode, I passed many pretty flowers, rice fields, and a river, and I saw quite a few dragonflies and other bugs. Nothing in particular happened, except for a dragonfly hitting my left shoulder. But on a different trip, on September 27th, I was just starting to go through a small tunnel, when right in front of me passed a pale green snake with one or two yellow stripes. I had to squeeze the brakes abruptly, and the snake just slithered past me without even saying a word of apology. Well, I guess things like that make the bike trips even better.