Mortality of a wild king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah cantor, 1836 (Serpentes: Elapidae) from Northeast Thailand after ingesting a plastic bag

Colin Thomas Strine, I. Silva, Matthew Crane, Bartosz Nadolski, Taksin Artchawakom, Matt Goode, Pongthep Suwanwaree

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-286
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Herpetological Research
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Garbage
  • King Cobra
  • Ophiophagus Hannah
  • Sakaerat
  • Snake
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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