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Phuket says snakes caught in homes will be taken off island




Phuket authorities are saying that large snakes found in homes will now be taken off the island after residents voiced fears of the snakes re-entering their living quarters. Pongchart Chouehorm, Director of the Khao Phra Thaew Natural and Wildlife Education Centre in Thalang says that the large snakes, including king cobras, will be handed over to a wildlife reserve in Phang Nga.

“I admit that a lot of snakes have intruded into and disturbed local homes.We have found a lot of snakes in homes recently because it is their mating season. Additionally, it is dry and we are entering the hot season, they need water to drink.”

Pongchart says that every wild animal in Phuket falls into 2 different groups: those living in protected natural reserves and those that have been found in the wilderness.

“Nowadays, there are many animals getting lost in areas of Phuket. Some of them are also injured. If we find injured animals like lorises or monkeys, we always take them to receive medical treatment by veterinarians. After that, we release them to the place where we found them.”

“After receiving medical treatment, the released animals do not have problems finding food by themselves, as they grew up in the forest and know how to survive, unlike animals that have been raised as pets.”

“We have now partnered with the Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station and the Klong Saeng Wildlife Research Station in Surat Thani in order to manage and solve the problem with snakes together.”

“From July to September last year, we found 109 pythons and took them all to the Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station because of their aggressiveness. We also take cobras and king cobras to Phang Nga, as the nursery station is mainly responsible for taking care of lost animals.”

Pongchart says that residents should keep both the inside and outside of their homes clean to detract snakes from entering in or around the premises.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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    Social Observer

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    “We have found a lot of snakes in homes recently because it is their mating season.” Say what ? Snakes need a human’s house to mate in ??

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    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    One is reminded of the village in Malaysia, or was it Indonesia? that removed all the snakes from the village, which within days was completely overrun with rats.
    I should be vey wary of systematically removing any links in an ecosystem.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I’ve seen snake steak for sale in thailand on many occasions.prehaps in these very difficult times a welcoming home could be found for it on the island some place.

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    Dawn Cook

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Has anyone in the scientific community been contacted? What are the education strategies for living with the wildlife rather than removing the snakes from their known home and habitat? This is a terrible idea and an ignorant use of the word “aggressive” . What a shame. Shame on all involved with this reckless project.

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    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    So, that will be the death of most, if not all rescued king cobras on Phuket island. And actually they’re one of the deadly venomous snakes, which are so peaceful… They would never someone unless they get attacked or harassed by humans. I know of cases, where people stepped on King Cobras. OK! They got bitten, because it obviously hurts them too. But they didn’t inject venom. If officials and rescue teams start to translocate all adult King Cobras now, these poor animals will all die, because they’re extremely loyal to their habitat. It has been proven in studies with radio-tracked King Cobras in India and in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Translocated individuals got completely lost, and they became so stressed, that they stopped foraging.
    They literally starved to death, or got sick by a weak immune system, which was caused by the stress due to translocation. And by the way… King Cobras control population of other snakes, like vipers and true cobras. If they remove all Monocle Cobras, the remaining females will just shorten their breeding interval, and tripple the population in no time. They had that effect in cobra harvesting areas, where they caught them to thousands for the international trade.
    Good luck with that! And thank you for showing once again, what a pest we humans are, and always will be. SARS CoV 2 was unfortunately not effective enough!

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