Copyright © 2018 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Siamese Spitting Cobra: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Siamese Spitting Cobra or Naja siamensis is also called Indochinese Spitting Cobra, Thai Spitting Cobra, and Black-and-white Spitting Cobra is a species found in Southeast Asia. Nguu Hao as it is called in Thai, is a serious snake and it can actually be handled if one is an experienced snake handler.

It was really a lovely afternoon for me as I was very tired from driving from Bangkok; as soon as I parked, I gather my things, my wildlife gear on my back, I was thinking to just sleep. As I was walking down the paved aisle, I saw two cats and they were like facing each other. They took off as I approached and then this lovely Siamese Spitting Cobra appeared and it started to spit at me, I don’t know if it had enough venom to do so, its mouth was bloody and some scales came off as the two cats tried to keep it from going away. As if they were protecting the humans from accidentally stepping on it and it could really happen.

I released the snake after taking the shots and videos together with Rojean Marcia our dear friend and neighbour. Snakes are not supposed to be killed when found; some people are so thrilled in killing them that they even post on facebook. Anybody I will find proudly posting on facebook about a dead snake killed by somebody without any deadly reason, I will report to the Department of National Park in Thailand. That’s it. No need to really kill a snake when it can be bagged and taken to the wild again.

In some cases, farmers or workers had to kill a snake when it has become violent and repeatedly returned for their farm animals and can be dangerous to farm workers, that can be accepted.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
September 30, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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