The snake's distinguishing feature? "It looked like a twig!" Caine recalled. Fortunately, the natives could smell them -- so each morning Caine and company would check to make sure their native guides hadn't caught colds.
[Where did they sleep? In the lower level of a whorehouse (while the upper story was being built).]
[In 2002, a peasant in China (where alcoholic drinks containing preserved snakes are quite popular) uncorked a liquor bottle -- and was bitten by the snake (which had been trapped for a year). The porous stopper had allowed enough air into the bottle for the snake's continued survival. (Xin Bao newspaper)]