A slithering form on a tree sapling caught our eyes and proved to be Ahaetulla prasina preocularis, a mildly venomous snake called ‘dahong-palay’ in Tagalog and widely feared due to the supposed toxicity not only of its fangs, but also of its skin. There was even a legend amongst Batangueños that when Bathala presented a jar of venom that snakes could drink and thus incorporate in their arsenal, the dahong-palay came last due to its laziness and only resorted to rubbing its skin on the jar’s interiors to obtain whatever what was left. In reality, dahongpalay bites, although quite painful, are far from being dangerous and were toxic only to its prey, which consisted of skinks and geckos. These snakes were a favorite of photographers due to its very graceful and sinewy S-curves when agitated. The snake, though, made no attempt to even strike at us.