DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1245.2014.00284

Asian Herpetological Research 2014/5:4 PP.284-286

Mortality of a Wild King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah Cantor, 1836(Serpentes: Elapidae) from Northeast Thailand after Ingesting a Plastic Bag

Wild King Cobras, Ophiophagus hannah, are known to prey almost exclusively on snakes. We observed opportunistic ingestion of a plastic bag by a radio-tracked adult male O. hannah, which was detrimental to the health of the individual and likely lead to its death. Our observation demonstrates that improper disposal of food and plastic waste can be a threat to snakes, highlighting the need to maintain a waste-free environment, especially in areas inhabited by vulnerable species.

Key words:Garbage,Sakaerat,Snake,Waste,King Cobra,Ophiophagus hannah

ReleaseDate:2015-03-27 09:32:51

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