Nasi014 capture

On 4th of July we had rescue call. People called us saying that the have King Cobra at their house. At the site it turned out that snake is actually Indochinese Spitting Cobra. Nasi014 is 1.3 m and 432 g  male. After implantation with radio transmitter this snake is part of our project. Interesting is that this snake share at least part of its home range with Opha019 (2.7 m King Cobra) radio tracked by Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team.

First picture made by Cameron Hodges show snake as found in the house.

We wish this snake good luck. There is at least on hungry King Cobra around…

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Nasi011

In beginning of last December Naja Team was chilling in the evening, enjoying well earned few beers. Everything was going smooth. Believe It or not we did not even talked about snakes for most of the time. In middle of our time off  we received snake call. This time it was not crazy, rush call. Snake was already captured and baged by the villagers. First time in good while we went without pushing the tempo to pick up cobra from someone’s household. When we arrived to the site, villagers were relaxing like nothing happened, enjoying their beers and rice wine. They gave us  bag with cobra inside. They told as that snake was spotted moving out of the toilet… seams that cobras like toilets. Any way, snake was not harmed while capture and that made us really happy.

What make us really happy is that Nasi011 is within home range of Nasi009 male. We were looking forward so much for breeding season… Why past tense? You will learn very soon…

Ladies and gents this is Indochinese Spitting Cobra Naja siamensis Nasi011, 1.4 m, 750 g, female.

 

Nasi009 Capture and Release

NASI009 Release

Indochinese Spitting Cobra Naja siamensis by Ben Marshall

It was a pretty standard Monday with everyone on the snake team going about their business, but that was to change with a single phone call and with it the 28th of September would see the introduction of a new snake to the Naja project. The message came through that a snake, possibly a cobra, was in a house in one of the local villages. Colin, Curt, Matt and Wyatt leapt in to action, jumping into the truck and racing off to find the house in question. On their arrival the snake was cornered with the gentleman of the house poking the now seriously annoyed snake with a large stick. Colin together with the local Rescue team made their way past the guy and despite the confines of the house, using all their skill and knowhow gained control of the snake. Within moments the snake was bagged and boxed ready for transportation back to the station. The snake was a Naja siamensis or Indochinese Spitting Cobra, perfect for the project.

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The next day it was hoped that the new snake might have calmed down but that wasn’t to be and a few of us were given an up close and personal demonstration of their renowned spitting ability getting caught with a carefully aimed dose of venom, thankfully out protective clothing did its job. A quick afternoon procedure and Nasi009 was officially on the team. A few hours of rest and recuperation, and by the early evening Nasi009 was ready for release. A small team of us set out on bikes to a plantation by the village where the snake had been captured, as the Sakaerat snake team does not agree with the translocation of snakes to entirely new areas. The spot was chosen and cameras were at the ready but yet again Nasi009 was in no mood to play ball. The first chance he had the snake was out of the box and heading for the dense vegetation, barely giving anyone a chance to press a button and take a photo. Thankfully however Ben was in no mood to miss his opportunity, as you can see at the top, with the reflexes of a quick draw gunslinger he was able to focus and shoot his prey as it sped off into the bush. So that was that, the project had its second Naja siamensis and a third snake to track.

Curtis.

Photo credit Ben Marshall

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Nasi003

Indo-chinese Spitting Cobra Naja siamensis. Nasi003 is an adult female captured in villagers toilet. Snake is 1.35 m and 685 g. I am tracking her since 29.01.2015.

Nasi003 was released 120 m from capture site on a border with dry dipterocarp forest.