I recognized the snake as an Oligodon, and it quickly started squirming down into the wet leaf litter. Oh no, I needed pictures of this gorgeous serpent! I grabbed it and carried it a few feet away to some hard-packed bare ground where I encouraged it to slither under a large leaf. While it was under the leaf, I put together my previously-unassembled camera. As you have by now guessed, removing the leaf revealed no sign of the snake. I never saw another of this species, and I never found another snake under a log for the rest of my stay.
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