King cobra 2018

Apologies for yet another short report, but the King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) from last weekend in Krabi really deserves it’s own page with some of my favourite photos of this encounter. Click here.

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By Matt Wilson

A first wild King cobra

On Saturday evening together with Adrian I went out into some primary forest on Phuket to see what we could find. It is very dry here at the moment so our expectations were quite low, despite this we found a Mock viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus), a sleeping vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina) and a first for me, a Blunt-headed snake (Aplopeltura boa). It was nice to find some snakes for Adrian to see before he heads back to the UK!

On Sunday morning we headed over to Krabi as Vern (www.thailandsnakes.com) called me to say he had just found a King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), knowing how much I wanted to see a wild one, I raced over there to see it. This was a small king, around 1.5 metres but such a beautiful snake and a real treat to see. Needless to say I took lots and lots of photos before the snake was released. Thanks Vern!

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By Matt Wilson

Ornate flying snake

I don’t usually see much wildlife between Monday and Friday as I am far too busy with teaching but this week was slightly different. After work one afternoon I was driving to a local shop when Kat spotted a security guard by the side of the road dangling a snake from his animal catching noose. Needless to say I quickly did a U-turn and removed the snake from the noose and offered to take it away and release it which the security man happily accepted. The offending snake was an Ornate flying snake (Chrysopelea ornata) which I released in a more suitable habitat away from the housing complex.

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By Matt Wilson