[quote=“Ducked”]MUST you kill snakes? Not quite so bad if you eat them, but I’ve always found they get out of the way prettty quickly when disturbed.
Out in the wilderness I leave them alone. It’s a different matter when they’re in your yard, or inside your house. I’ve had some really close calls, like pulling back the covers to hop into bed (and my wife was already sleeping) only to discover a poisonous snake (habu) making himself at home!
Note that I am talking only about killing poisonous snakes. The nonpoisonous ones - mainly rat snakes - are welcome (though not in bed). Any creature that gets rid of rats can’t be all bad.
The snake we’ve had the most trouble with are the above-mentioned habus. They aren’t the most poisonous, but they have a nasty habit of hiding in dark places (like behind the refrigerator, under furniture, and so on). They aren’t terribly aggressive, but will strike if you get too close. Quite a few of my neighbors have been bitten. Most dangerous are the banded kraits, but I’ve only seen (and killed) two of them. I’ve had some encounters with cobras and green bamboo snakes.
Which is why (getting back to the original subject of this thread) a truck is a useful thing around here. It’s really necessary to keep the trees and brush cleared back far away from the house. Ditto for keeping the grass closely cut. The best way to keep the snakes away is to give them no place to hide. When it comes to clearing brush, a pickup truck is essential. I posted a photo sometime earlier in another thread demonstrating why I need a truck - one picture’s worth a thousand words:
Also comes in handy for moving bags of fertilizer, water pipes, gravel, etc.
Again, thanks for the comments and info. Cheers!
I don’t really think parts would be an issue. Suzuki themselves run one of these for picking up customers and parts around Taipei. I’d call them first, to confirm that they will be supplying them for a while to come.
If I haven’t got this wrong then with roofs there’s the Suzuki Every which has two rows of seats and the Suzuki Landy which has three, the third one which can fold forwards. They have a 350kg loading capability.
The other flat bed is the Suzuki Carry.
The truck I’m considering is called the Suzuki Super-Carry. The vans you’ve mentioned delivering parts and passengers in Taipei are probably a close relative. Here’s a photo from the Suzuki catalog:
Looks not as safe as the Zace in a front-end crash (which hopefully will never occur), but the front is sloped and definitely sturdier than the Varica. List price is NT$430,000, and this year there’s that NT$30,000 rebate. I was told by the Suzuki dealer (and people wanting to buy a car this year should make note of this) that you need to claim the rebate before December (the cut-off is sometime in November), it doesn’t go to December 31, 2009 as I had thought.