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Deadly snakes add to Bangkok's woes

Deadly snakes add to Bangkok's woes

As if the worst flooding in decades and escaped crocodiles weren’t already enough, flood-hit Nonthaburi, on the outskirts of Bangkok, is now dealing with another breed of deadly fugitives – 15 green mambas.

Thursday 3 November 2011, 12:11PM


Fifteen of the highly venomous African snakes escaped from a flooded building in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district on Tuesday night.

Fifteen of the highly venomous African snakes escaped from a flooded building in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district on Tuesday night.

Officials announced Wednesday that 15 of the highly venomous African snakes – two adults and 13 young – escaped from a flooded building in Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret district on Tuesday night, according to cnngo.com.

The adults are reportedly two metres long, while the young ones measure one metre in length.

It follows reports that 100 crocodiles had escaped around the capital last month.

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In a report in The Nation, Chisanu Tiyacharoensri, Vice President of the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand, said green mambas are yellowish-green and larger than Thailand’s regular green snakes.

He said there is no anti-venom serum available in Thailand at present – though it’s reportedly on the way from South America – and their venom can kill a human in 20 minutes.

Anyone who spots one of the snakes can call the Zoo and Wildlife Veterinary Society of Thailand on: 1362.

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