Reptile Rescue and Release Gallery

Some own video clips and images of my rescues, wound treatments and releases.

 

1 King and 1 Queen

 

I got 2 calls of my friends at Koh Phangan Rescue Volunteer : อาสาสมััครกู้ภัยเกาะพะงัน . 1 male above 3m, 7kg ; and one female 2.7m, 5kg. First one was tricky and in the night. But with help of the team it went quickly and safe. Unfortunately I have no images of the 1. event yet. And terrariums are occupied in the moment. Couldn’t make shots of the entire beauty. I need a bigger facility. 🙂

  First our highness didn’t want to leave the snake bag. And then she didn’t even pose for us. Bitch!

 

For the 2. rescue I came a bit too late. My friends caught it with the noose. It’s easy to catch Kings with this tool. But not so easy to free a King from the strangling rope, who’s fighting for his life. But he is ok. No injuries!

Maybe some images will show up from elsewhere on facebook. I saw some smartphones filming. 🙂

My girlfriend and me have safely released both on different spots near by the site, where we caught them.

 

Thanks to the locals, who didn’t kill them. And thanks to Koh Phangan Rescue Volunteer : อาสาสมััครกู้ภัยเกาะพะงัน for trusting me about collaboration. It was a pleasure working with you!

 

Monocled Cobra in the kitchen

This veteran Cobra, a Naja Kaouthia with many scars from fights with dogs or other enemy predators, if not even humans, I had to catch in a kitchen. It was resting behind a storage box. I safely relocated it within it’s home range.

 

Tin Head Salvator

In the late morning on 16th of march 2017 I got a call from a resort named Secret Beach. People saw the resort dogs chasing a Lizard with a tin can over it’s head. And it was the 2. case, where people called me to rescue a lizard stuck in a tin can during the past 2 weeks. This poor female Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus Salvator) obviously tried to get the remains of food on the bottom of the can, and got caught by the razor blade sharp edges. So, please again… be careful with your garbage. Don’t just remove cans on the beach. They’re also threatening wildlife in the forest. Bring cans to the recycle shop, or put them at least in proper solid plastic bags. The thin plastic bin bags already fall apart in the moment you lift them up with heavy waste. Howsoever…The mother of the resort owner showed me the spot of her last observations. And the resort dogs gave me the hint, to have a look in the drain tube under the drive way. So I crawled 4m into the tube, and found her. I removed the can carefully, and brought her to PhaNgan Animal Care, where we cleaned the wounds quickly, and asked the vet to have a look. Fortunately the wounds weren’t deep. After cleaning them our Monitor Lizard lady was ready to go back. I went back to Secret Beach Resort, where I got support from the family, to release our Monitor Lizard in the wild, close to her lizard mates.

 

Skinny Reticulated Python “Kaa”

This skinny but beautiful reticulated python lady was found in the front yard of a friendly couple in Srithanu in the middle of the night. They were afraid it could be sick or injured, and fortunately remembered, that they’ve noted my number a while ago. She got the nickname Kaa, and I brought her to PACS our animal clinic. Kaa was covered in ticks. In the video you can see, how we removed these little pests, before putting her into her temporary home, to take a relaxed bath. I guess, she was incubating eggs in the last weeks. Pythons are the only snakes, who can incubate eggs by raising the body temperature with muscle contraction. Usually they stop eating in the pregnancy, and then they stay and incubate until the babies hatch. So she probably didn’t eat or take a bath for the last 4 months. In this time the females need all their fat reserves for the offspring. And that’s how she looks like in the moment. She is far above 3 meter in length, and weighs only 9.5 kg. In my experience she should weigh at least 12 kg. I think with 15 kg she would be nice strong. In the time of incubation she may caught all her ticks. It took us a while, to get rid of them. But in the end she got actually pretty relaxed. Unfortunately the video memory was full, before we started with our measurements. But in the end you can watch her enjoying a relaxing bath after all that stress. In the meanwhile I found also nematodes (endoparasites) in her stool. She got already worm treatment injected in chicken. She gained already 2kg weight. I think after the second worm treatment she might be ready for her release.

Background music: Kaa in the movie “The Jungle Book”

 

“Monty” Python in life-threatening condition

Monty! One of our last patients. A 3.5m Reticulated Python (Python Reticulatus) got almost beaten to death by two beatniks, who thought they’re brave to hurt a python, who was blind because of molt. He got several fractures in his skull and jaws. Two days after the attack his head got swollen to almost the double size. It looked like a pancake. His eyes were bleeding inside the spectacles. His senses like tongue, pits (for infrared sight) and eyes weren’t functional. He would’ve died without treatment. We had to sedate him, to clean and treat the infected wounds, and once a day he got antibiotics and anti-inflammatory injected. He needed fluids by drip feeding, because he wasn’t able to drink or eat for at least 2 months. After almost 6 months his senses started to function again, and he went back to the wild.

 

Python caught in a fishing net

This aprox 2.5m female Reticulated Python (Python Reticulatus) got trapped in a wasted fishing net. It must’ve roamed around with this net for at least 6 weeks. I found old skin of her last molt in the net. The net was grown into her skin. After removing I’ve cleaned and disinfected the wounds. Unfortunately it escaped out of his enclosure. But it was very strong, and the wounds were clean. I’m sure it will survive. She has even survived since her last molt with the dirty net in her wounds.

 

Video clip collection

A small smartphone video clip collection of my work for Reptile Rescue Phangan. I offer voluntary service as snake rescuer and protector on an island in the gulf of Thailand. That means, I catch reptiles in home or garden, and relocate them to our national reserve or other remote places. Sometimes I get injured reptiles, which I nurse back to health after encounters or accidents with scared or uneducated humans, their pets or cars while crossing the roads. In cases of difficult injuries I work with the Phangan Animal Care clinic, where we’ve started to build a reptile rescue facility for wound treatment and education about reptiles for locals or tourists.

 

Python strike

Lucky video snapshot of Devin Stubbs while I was releasing a young Reticulated Python (Python Reticulatus) in our National Reserve. The Python never tried to bite me.

 

Radiated Racer release

Release of a rescued Radiated Racer (Coelognathus radiatus), which I’ve caught in a bedroom before. Radiated Racers are so scared of us humans, they get even spasms probably caused by too much adrenaline. Humans often misinterpret it as aggression, and kill them right away.

 

Python in water tank

This young Reticulated Python was found in a water tank. It obviously followed a rat. which I found dead and floating on the water surface. The smell was pretty bad.

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King in Haad Chao Pao

An almost 2.5 m King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) was found in a threshold while eating a 1.2 m Monocled Cobra (Naja Kaouthia). The common local rescue service asked me to take care of it. Unfortunately the King got disturbed, and stopped swallowing the Monocled Cobra. I put it in a separate Terrarium at home for observation, because it looked still ok. Not even weak. Just a bit confused.

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“Lek” the Cobra caught in a fishing net

This in a fishing net tangled Monocled Cobra, his name Lek after the nice lady who called me to rescue it, is still in my care. I brought it to PACS Phangan Animal Clinic for Strays and Wildlife, and asked to sedate it, before we removed the remaining fishing net strings, and cleaned the wounds. It’s already eating again, and the wounds are dry. I wait for the molt, to check the healing process, and then we can decide, if he is ready for his release.

 

And below some more shots of other rescues and releases.