Good morning.

I always thought that coffee is best to wake up with but nothing works as intense as a snake rescue call.

Today at 8:00 I was woken by a phone call, a local villager had a King Cobra at their house.

On the arrival we were directed to the back of the house and found the animal sheltering between stairs and the space beneath the house floor.


With only one entrance to its chosen shelter we decide to block it with our PVC pipe connected to a snake bag. Then with some gentle encouragement the snake moved to our trap and our work was done.


This is 4th King Cobra we rescued within 2.5 weeks.



We released it about 500 m away in forests of Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. This was really peaceful and patient individual.

Big king after big meal


Few days ago we received an emergency call from our friends at the local Rescue Team. Villagers had noticed a BIG King Cobra at the side of a field margin whilst cropping sugar cane. With the snakes’ safety as well as that of the local community in mind, Mr Mee หมี กู้ภัยอุดมทรัพย์ อ.วังน้ำเขียว, of the Rescue Team, contacted us to help remove this magnificent animal.

On arrival we realized the snake had a massive bolus. It was so big he could not fit into his burrow. Considering this, we had to evaluate if it would be safer to leave the animal. Unfortunately, fear of the snake was evident and very strong among the villagers. We don’t blame them, it was big individual.



However, handling snakes with a big bolus is always a delicate matter because it’s easy to hurt them. Whilst we were contemplating the best solution for both snake and villagers, the snake decided to regurgitate its meal.

It was no surprise to us that it was a Burmese Python.
What impressed us was its size…

Once the King Cobra had rid itself of the Python, we attempted to capture it using the tube method. The snake was so large he could not fit into our standard pvc pipes. Therefore, we had to manually place him in the bag. Luckily, it went smoothly and we were soon on our way back to the station.


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On return we gave this huge male a quick shower, cleaning faeces and digested python parts from his body. This way we don’t need to worry about flies laying eggs on him whilst he waits to be processed for biometric data. After showering, we presented the snake with a larger pipe and this time he did not hesitate to enter. He now has time to settle down after what must have been an unpleasant experience.

The King Cobra is 6.5 kg and the Python, partly digested, is 5kg…. Now that is a big meal!

Thanks to the great work of the rescue team and cooperation of the villagers, this majestic creature lives to see another day.


While processing we collected measurements of this snake. He is 3.55 m total body length and weight 6.5 kg. What is interesting this not first time we meet this individual. In April 2018 this male was rescued from villagers house.


Since last encounter this snake grown 15.8 cm and gain 1,58 kg. Very impressive growth rate and some cool data for #sakaeratconservationandsnakeeducationteam.


Short video from release:

A baby Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)

Hello guys,

While ago we were live streaming a very special find… a baby Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). This animals are very cryptic and not often encounter in Sakaerat SERS. Normaly our encounters are very brief as this animals move away as soon they notice our presence.

Recent time we notice a baby cat hanging around Sakaerat Najas Projecthouse. We assume that youngster was waiting while its mother was hunting around the station.

Very cool aspect of this encounter was not only long and peaceful visual we had on the this extra cute animal. Extremely close to it was sheltering Malayan Krait (Bungarus candidus). Possibly most venomous land snake in this part of the world. In fact, it is visible on one of the photographs. Can you see it?

To be honest with you, we did not notice it until it decide to move out of its shelter and slider away passing by the cat like 5 cm away. Now that is not something you see every day. For sure it will remain in our memory as a one of most cool spot in SERS.


Orange Webbed Treefrog (Rhacophorus rhodopus)



With recent rains frogs become more active around the forest station. We took advantage of that and went to look for a very specific type of frog – a flying one. There is quite few gliding animals in Sakaerat SERS. You can find Paradise Gliding Snake (Chrysopelea ornata), parachute geckos and gliding squirrels. I have seen them on many occasions but this frog was on top of my list.

On one of my recent night survey I manage to locate the breeding site of this interesting and beautiful animals. They have very specific call that resemblance clicking noise. In total I menage to see 8 individuals. This species is known as a Orange Webbed Treefrog (Rhacophorus rhodopus).

It is rather small species growing of maximum 5.5 cm. Females are bigger than males. Front limbs webbing’s are yellow while hind are orange/red.

It was really cool to see them gliding. Once they were tired of my presence they just jumped off spreading their toes and use some extra caring surface to extend their jump.

Here I present you some of the photos I took with my Sony camera. Hope you like it.


Not as planned

Good and funny memories…

A good while back we rescued Burmese Python form the local villagers house. For the release we choose the irrigation chanel on the edge of the households area. As always we were trying to take some photo documentation of the animal, but it was shy.


We let it go and than my companion Alex get stuck in quick sands. Luckily for us the were not to deep…


Malayan Krait

During last Sakaerat Najas Project late night survey we found Malayan Krait (Bungarus candidus). It is very venomous species active at night. This male was 1.3 m. Very yellow on ventral side of the body. Characteristic of this species are triangular body shape and bands that are equal size along all body (mimic species present in Thailand). In some part of the range snakes might be uniformly black. Venom of this species is potent. It has strong effect on nervous system. Tourniquet is needed in case of envenomation. Patient must be transported to the closest hospital. Always is best to leave all snakes alone or call for your local rescue crew. Remember killing them is dangerous.

We got him!

On the night of 23.08.2017, we received a snake rescue call on a property from the village in which we work. We were informed that the boy who lived on the property heard their chickens were in distress. On inspection of the chicken coop, the boy found a cobra has envenomated one of the chickens. The boy had startled the snake as it had hooded at him and then made an escape.

Once we arrived at the scene, the chicken was found to have been bitten on the face and had to be euthanised at the scene to prevent any more suffering. A lot of effort was put into finding the snake by inspecting the property thoroughly by digging out any holes which the snake may be hiding, yet there was no luck.

We informed the residents of all information needed in case they encounter another cobra and told them do not hesitate to ring us if any snake returns.

The following day we received another call from the same residence saying a cobra was on the property. On arrival it was found that the cobra had returned to the exact same chicken coop. However, this time the snake had chose a toad as its meal, rather than chicken.

The snake noticed us and tried to make his escape, still with the toad in its mouth, but in its rush hit a wall and dropped its prey in the process. This enabled us to capture the snake and the toad. Remarkably, the toad survived for over 10 hours after envenomation.

Snake is a healthy adult male of Indochinese Spitting Cobra Naja siamensis.

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After good amount of outreach local villagers were happy to hear about our project and allowed us to visit their property any time we need to radiotrack our snakes or look for new ones. Additionally they were persuading their neighbors about importance of our work in the village. LOVE IT.




With a lot of hard work and help from our short term intern Kawinwit Kittipalawattanapol, otherwise known as Ink, the project recently produced a new leaflet. Aimed at the villagers around the station, the pamphlet not only introduced the projects goals and aims, but also included important information on commonly encountered snake species in the area and snake bite first aid.
Once completed and printed, the next task was to get out into the village and hand them out. After some hard bargaining we managed to enlist the help of our two young thai speaking friends Leo and Hans, the sons of Bart’s PhD co-adviser Dr Jacques Hill, for the hefty price of a double scoop ice cream each. So with the deal made we headed out to meet and greet our neighbours and get the word out.

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