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12 year old Chon Buri girl finds king cobra in her home



PHOTO: The Pattaya News

A 12 year old girl is safe after finding a king cobra in her home in the eastern province of Chon Buri. The unnamed girl told rescue workers that she was doing laundry at the back of her house in the Ban Bueang district. When she entered another room in the house, she discovered the king cobra and notified her uncle.

Somphong Moonkaew, the girl’s 29 year old uncle, says he wasn’t quite expecting a king cobra when his niece told him there was a snake in the house.

“My niece ran to me after she saw the cobra and said there was a snake in the home. I thought it would be a smaller snake and was quite surprised to see it was a king cobra.”

According to the Pattaya News report, the snake was 2.5 metres in length and it took rescue workers 40 minutes to remove it from the property. Locals say they have never seen a king cobra in the area before. The snakes are more common in the south of the country. Rescue workers released the king cobra in a forest in the Chon Buri area.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. James R

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I ran over a massive snake once near Ranong South Thailand, I could not avoid it, so it was killed.

    A pickup truck behind me stopped, a man got out and took the snake and put it in the back.

    I asked the Thai person I was with what was happening and she said, “it will feed a few people for a day or two”

    • Geoff

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      Standard practice. It’s a lucky captured snake that gets released into the wild.

  2. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:43 am

    There will be more eating snakes in the months to come. Times are hard.
    That cockerel in the background will be happy the snake is caught.

    • Issan John

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      Nothing to do with times being “hard”, Toby, they’re simply a delicacy and much sought after.

      • James R

        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:56 pm

        Issan John

        Don’t take this as sarcasm but there are many things eaten in Issan not eaten anywhere else, I am never sure if they are fried locust or crickets, plus some other cooked insects.

        I have seen them for sale in pop up markets during certain festivals in Phuket, when I asked the locals if they eat them they said the equivalent of ‘no way’, they are only eaten by the many people from Issan who work in Phuket I am told.

        • Issan John

          Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:13 pm

          Agreed, James R, but snake isn’t one of them.

          Snake is hugely popular in many places across Asia – try the restaurants in Aberdeen (Hong Kong’s Aberdeen, not Scotland’s).

          • James R

            Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:27 pm

            I wouldn’t mind trying snake, I am told it tastes like chicken?

          • Issan John

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:36 am

            It’s not that unusual for some of the restaurants in Hong Kong to add chicken to some of the soup-type snake-based dishes.

        • Alan

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:43 am

          They are on sale in Canadian supermarkets, in case you haven’t heard of their high protein value, a food of the future. There’s more to the appearance of a King Cobra in the house than any Western person would know or believe. Why do you think Shiva has one looking over his shoulder?

  3. Issan John

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    I’m surprised that “locals say they have never seen a king cobra in the area before.”

    Several years ago when we lived in Chonburi, some way outside Pattaya, we came home to find a similar-sized cobra in the garden surrounded by the dozen dogs we had then – all keeping a careful but noisy distance. Probably not a king cobra as it attempted to spit, but certainly a cobra.

    It wasn’t “captured” but quickly despatched from beyond spitting range (and not eaten).

    • James R

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Similar things happen here (UK) as a duck/goose or something similar was crossing the road the other week and as I ran over it there was a massive ‘pop sound’, I was going to stop to check but before I could a white van behind me did a rapid stop while driving onto the pavement, ran out grabbed it and drove off.

      • Issan John

        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:23 pm

        Just as well you didn’t knock someone down …

        • James R

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:59 pm

          Issan John

          There were no people jumping over a small wall directly onto the road ten feet in front of me so there was no chance of that happening.

          There wasn’t even a pavement as it was a country road.

          It happens all the time in that area, lots of grouse are squashed in a similar way just before shooting season.

          Suicidal birds it seems. ?

  4. Ian

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t know what snake it was I hate in Africa but it was so nice and another story my friends cat got run over and the neighbours asked if they could have it to eat his wife gave it them but kept the collar welcome to Thailand

  5. James Pate

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    They come out this time of year, get into houses, looking for someplace warmer. Sometimes get up under cars. Happens every year. Chonburi, too.

    • RametinNontha

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      I was once tricked into eating cat meat. It was skinned and on the BBQ grill and my friend asked if I wanted to eat one of the ‘rabbit’ hind-quarters while we waited for the goat to cook. It was delicious but I declined the offer of the other hind-quarter as I really like BBQ goat.

    • NissanJohn

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:57 am

      Warmer? Lol no. It’s dry season they are seeking WATER

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