Man sleeps in tent with deadly cobra all night in eastern Thailand

A Thai man is lucky to be alive after sleeping in a tent all night with a venomous cobra in Rayong province, eastern Thailand.

Dacha, from the northern province of Phitsanulok province, posted photos on Facebook yesterday of a snake slithering out of the tent he dissembled moments earlier at the Dok Krai reservoir in Rayong province.

He wrote the message, “It’s almost gone. I suspect that it slept with me all night. I just saw it as I took down the tent this morning.”

The happy camper suspects that the cobra wanted to snuggle up to keep warm on a chilly winter’s night. After a restful night’s sleep, the snake was startled by Dacha taking down the tent and made a break for it.

Dacha didn’t realise how lucky he was until netizens informed him that not just any old snake slept in his tent all night but a highly venomous cobra whose bite can easily be fatal to a human.

Many netizens believe the snake is a Siamese spitting cobra (Naja siamensis) which doesn’t even need to bite to kill. A spitting cobra can spit venom from a distance with very accurate aim, making them arguably the most dangerous snake in Thailand.

The idea of camping in Thailand is a little too in tents for some, with all the venomous snakes and dangerous wildlife found in the kingdom.

This morning, tourists in Kanchanaburi were warned to beware of a tiger spotted sauntering around the busy tourist spots of Srinagarind Dam and Erawan Waterfall.

Last week, a Thai man from Satun province was walking in the rubber plantation behind his house when he came across a rare golden cobra.

Captivated by its beautiful golden complexion, the man didn’t think about the deadly potential of the snake and put it into a sack and carried it home to raise it as a pet.

However, once netizens told him the snake was a rare species of cobra, he released it back into the wild – far away from his house.

In September, a villager in Trang province – just up the road from Satun – woke up in the morning to find a 2.1-metre-long king cobra taking a nap inside his wardrobe.

In November, a Thai man narrowly survived a bite from his pet monocled cobra.

READ: What to do if you get bitten by a snake in Thailand.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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