King Cobras in Thailand

Nov 15 08:34 2010 Don Carswell Print This Article

King Cobras can be found in many places in Thailand, majority being in the Khao Sok.

Thailand is an exciting place to be,Guest Posting the hussel and bussel of the city to dangerous animals in the forests. One of the most feared animals in Thailand is the king cobra, it is a large and powerful snake, averaging 3 and a half meters in length and typically weighing about 6 kgs.The skin of this snake is either olive-green, tan, or black, and it has faint, pale yellow cross bands down the length of the body. The belly is cream or pale yellow, and the scales are smooth. The venom of the King Cobra consists primarily of neurotoxic, but it also contains cardiotoxic compounds and they are composed mostly of proteins and polypeptides.During a bite, venom is forced through the snake's half-inch (1.25 cm) fangs and into the wound, quickly attacks the victim's central nervous system, and induces severe pain, blurred vision, vertigo, drowsiness, and paralysis. Envenomation progresses to cardiovascular collapse, and the victim falls into a coma. Death soon follows due to respiratory failure.
The King Cobra is not only found in the bush or rainfoest in Thailand, it also can be found in the city of Bangkok, although rare, the heavy rains do bring it down canals in Bangkok.The king cobra is a fierce and highly aggressive snake when threatened, it raises up the anterior portion of its body, flattening the neck, showing the fangs and hissing loudly. The king cobra attacks quickly, and the strike distance is about 7 feet, people can easily misjudge the safe distance. The king cobra may deliver multiple bites in a single attack, or bite and hold on.If you do encounter one, the best course of action would be to step away slowly. king cobras rarely attack humans, but one bite contains enough venom to bring down an elephant.

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