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Class 9 NCERT Solutions English Chapter 9 - The Snake Trying [Poem]

The Snake Trying [Poem] Exercise 125

Solution I.1

The snake is trying to escape from the person who is pursuing it with a stick.

Solution I.2

No, The snake is harmless even to children since it is small and is green in colour.

Solution I.3

The words used by the poem to convey the beauty of the snake are 'beautiful' and 'graceful'.

Solution I.4

The poet hopes that the snake is able to glide to the other side and hide among the reeds where it will not be hurt by its pursuer.

Solution I.5

The snake was lying on the sand before anyone saw it.

It disappears in the ripples of water and among the green slim reeds.

The Snake Trying [Poem] Exercise 126

Solution II.1

This is a model answer just for reference. Students are recommended to answer this question based on their own research.  


The first part of this question has to be attempted by students themselves. Here are some points  they can use in  their research:


  • Describe snakes as reptiles.
  • How many types of snakes are there? Of them, how many are poisonous?
  • What do snakes feed on?
  • How do poisonous snakes bite? Where are snakes found? 
  • Where are they not found ? 
  • How do most snakes reproduce?
Not all snakes are poisonous. Some poisonous snakes are rattlesnakes, Russell's viper, Chain Viper, Saw-scaled viper, black mamba, blue krait, coral snakes, and the Indian cobra. 

Solution II.2

Some of the ways to find out if a snake is harmful is to look for the following characteristics:

  • A triangle shaped head

  • A depression between the eyes and the nostrils

  • Slit eye-this is not seen in the coral snake.


Rattle snakes have a button like rattle at the end of their tails. Coral snakes have a distinctive colour pattern. In the U.S, most of the venomous snakes have different colours and not one solid colour.

Solution II.3

 The main occupation of the Irula tribes in India has been snake and rat catching. They used to supply snake all over the world. In 1972, after a complete ban on hunting of snakes for their skin, the tribe was left with no source of income. Today their traditional skills are being used to catch snakes for venom which in turn is used to produce antivenin to treat snake bites and for medical research.


Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotize the snake by playing an instrument called pungi. Snake charmers in India practice their trade on hooded cobras.


Although snakes can sense sound, they cannot hear the music. They follow the movements of the pungi with their head.

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