11 July 2024

Snake hunters have managed to capture one four-metre long king cobra and another cobra in Ban Kok Kor village, Ban Pho sub-district of Thailand’s southern province of Trang.

One of the snake hunting team members was, however, bitten by the cobra before it was captured by his colleagues. He was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment.

The search for the poisonous snakes in Ban Kok Kor was in its second day today (Wednesday) as the reptile hunters from Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani provinces joined toxicology officials to comb the oil palm plantation in the village, to look for the highly venomous serpents which had been sighted crawling across the road in the village on an almost daily basis.

A backhoe was also used to clear the thick bushes, to deprive the snakes of their hiding places.

Mr. Chirasak Smathi, a health official in Ban Pho sub-district, said that the Ban Kok Kor villagers are relieved now that the snakes have been caught, but they believe that there are still many more hiding in the bushes in and around their village, after one of them killed a 50-year-old man in the village.