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    Self-taught snake catcher nabs five-meter-long king cobra

    Self-taught snake catcher nabs five-meter-long king cobra



    KOH LANTA: A five-meter long king cobra discovered by an 11-year-old girl was caught by a Koh Lanta local yesterday evening.

    Worawut Longasun says he has trained himself to capture snakes by watching videos on television and YouTube.

    The snake was found in the storage area of Aree Wansuk’s house by her daughter who spotted the reptile’s tail while playing with her friends nearby.

    “My daughter ran up to me and insisted that she saw a black snake in the storage area,” said Ms Aree.

    “I didn’t know what kind of snake it was, so I called on the village headman for help. He then notified Mr Worawut, our village’s snake catcher.”

    Mr Worawut, cheered on by a crowd of villagers, captured the snake within ten minutes and released it in a forest about a kilometer away.

    “I think it lived about 50 meters from Ms Aree’s house in the Thung Ngiw Hills and may have slithered out in search of food. We took measurements – it was about five meters long and weighed 35 kilograms,” said Mr Worawut.

    “We have found a lot of snakes during the monsoon season. I have caught more than 20 snakes this year alone. Even though it’s dangerous, I’m glad to be of service to help my fellow villagers,” he added.

    Mr Worawut also caught a 30kg king cobra in March (story here), but it could not be confirmed whether it was the same snake (who may have gained 5kg in five months).

    Self-taught snake catcher nabs five-meter-long king cobra

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    Let it go? Why not slice it up and pot it up for a village feast?

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    Jesus, that guy's got balls ! King cobras are much more venomous than 'ordinary' cobras and are known for sometimes locking on and pumping the venom in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer
    locking on and pumping the venom in...
    so yu've met my mother-in-law

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    .............

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    I've caught python here as big or bigger than that, but very rarely have I seen even a small cobra....which is fine by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I've caught python here as big or bigger than that, but very rarely have I seen even a small cobra....which is fine by me.
    I was staying near a park in Penang for a few weeks earlier this year and was running there a couple of times a week. In that time, together with the usual lizards, I saw 2 cobras, a couple of snakes I couldn't identify, and I was seconds away from standing on a baby coral snake.

    It certainly kept me running at a decent pace anyway.

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    I saw one while out walking my bamboo patch yesterday (just the tail). I gave him/her a wide berth.
    Cobras are very good for keeping the rat population in check.
    I try to discourage my staff from catching them. They generally do not bother humans. More likely the other way around..

    I gather they like the bamboo patches, and I've always been very cautious walking around through the grasses.

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    Yeah, big snakes tend not to cause many problems around my place; no rats, must be snakes around, a spitting cobra blinded one of the dogs last year, so we know there are snakes around, but they don't cause problems.

    Having said that, not sure what happened to the cats...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    I killed a cobra a few weeks ago in my front doorway. I came back from a smoke, and there it was trying to go through the doorway.
    Condemn me if you will for killing it, but I don't want venomous snakes slinking in and me accidentally stepping on it, for it to then (understandably) bite me or my wife. I have no problem with non-venomous snakes. Had it been a sunbeam snake (one was killed in the soi last year...so sad, such a beautiful creature) or python or harmless thing, I would not have killed it.
    Then a week later a python took a neighbour's cat. Neighbours called the tessaban and they sent the snake team around who took it away.

    I'd love to see another sunbeam snake. Truly wondrous colours.

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    I'd like to see the guy catch an Australian Tiger or Brown Snake or a Black Mamba from South Africa.

    Those snakes are fast and Cobras particularly that size are slow and docile and quite easy to catch.

    Just for the record a baby snake is just as venomous as a full grown snake so be carefull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post

    Just for the record a baby snake is just as venomous as a full grown snake so be carefull.
    Even more dangerous in many cases because they're often unable to control the amount of venom they inject.

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    Agree, LT. Browns are nasty short-tempered bastads.

    In fact, I've read that baby cobras can be more dangerous as they have not yet learnt to ration their venom. Adult's can give a dry bite as a warning, conserving their venom for when they really need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    a spitting cobra blinded one of the dogs last year, so we know there are snakes around, but they don't cause problems.
    unless you're a blinded dog

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    Same topic.

    check it out. Snakes attacking humans!


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    The snake in the last clip took a good suck of the bint's tit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    I've caught python here as big or bigger than that, but very rarely have I seen even a small cobra....which is fine by me.
    I've killed maybe half a dozen cobras in the last couple of years where I live. Nothing anywhere near as big as the one in the OP though and all monocled cobras not kings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    Condemn me if you will for killing it, but I don't want venomous snakes slinking in and me accidentally stepping on it, for it to then (understandably) bite me or my wife.
    This is the exact same philosophy I have although if it is off in the ends of the garden I just leave it be. Having found one coiled up under a table in the living room I take an extremely prejudiced view of cobras anywhere near me.

    My cat is a dab hand at spotting them: He goes into this weird mode and just settles down motionless in the middle of the garden or house or wherever and him and the snake eye each other up until I freak out and grab the machete and stick.

    I have learned to keep a rather close eye on the cat's behaviour.
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