Man Bitten By Nine-Foot Python While On Toilet
A Thai man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a nine-foot (three metres) python while sitting on the toilet.
Attaporn Boonmakchuay suffered a three-inch (eight cm) wound after being bit on the penis by the snake which had crawled up through the plumbing.
The excruciating ordeal lasted half an hour before he managed to prise open the snake’s jaws and escape.
Mr Boonmakchuay described how he fought the snake as his wife sought help but, even after a neighbour came to his aid with a knife and rope, he only managed to free himself only when the python momentarily lost its strength.
Attaporn Boonmakchuayrecovering in hospital
Doctors said the victim’s injuries could have been worse
He said: “All of a sudden, while I was holding it, it began to lose some strength so I used my hand to prise open its mouth. Then the snake released its grip by itself.”
The 38-year-old needed stitches but medical staff say that he should make a full recovery.
A doctor from the Chachoengsao hospital, near Bangkok, said that victim was “lucky”, adding: “if the bite had gone into the urinary tract it would have been a big problem.”
Rescue workers managed to eventually release the snake after using hammers to free it from the toilet.
Large snakes are common even in urban areas of Thailand, particularly during the onset of the rainy season when they leave flooded areas for drier ground.
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Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).
Snakes don’t have eyelids.
Snakes can’t bite food so have to swallow it whole.
Snakes have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head!
Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
Snakes have internal ears but not external ones.
Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement, not sound.
There are around 3000 different species of snake.
Snakes have a unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey.
Snakes are covered in scales.
Snakeskin is smooth and dry.
Snakes shed their skin a number of times a year in a process that usually lasts a few days.
Some species of snake, such as cobras and black mambas, use venom to hunt and kill their prey. Read more venomous snake facts.
Snakes smell with their tongue.
Pythons kill their prey by tightly wrapping around it and suffocating it in a process called constriction.
Some sea snakes can breathe partially through their skin, allowing for longer dives underwater.
Anacondas are large, non-venomous snakes found in South America that can reach over 5 m (16 ft) in length.
Python reticulates can grow over 8.7 m (28 ft) in length and are considered the longest snakes in the world.
With more then 3,000 species of snakes in the world there is plenty to learn about them. Even though they all have many unique characteristics about them, there are quite a few similarities. Those are what lumps them all into the same type of category of living creature.
They are able to live in a wide spectrum of habitats. They can live in trees or in water. Many live on land and they also can burrow. All snakes are carnivores which means they eat other living things. Not all of them make venom though while people often think that they do. They all feature a tongue that is forked which allows them to pick up scent all around them.
They all have many vertebrae and ribs that they use for movement. This helps them to get around since they don’t have any limbs. They also don’t have external ears or eyelids. They rely on vibration to help them find out what is around them. They also use what vision they have combined with smell to find out about dangers.
Most species of snakes aren’t aggressive at all but they have a terrible reputation about them being out to attack humans. They will usually retreat from any forms of danger that they may detect around them. However, if they start to feel like they are in trouble they will strike in order to protect themselves.
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There are more then 3,000 species of snakes in the world.
Some species of snakes are venomous. Others catch prey through the constriction.
More facts about snakes…
Snakes are cold blooded which is why they do need the warmer temperatures to help them survive. They do like to live in humid climates but some of them live in areas where it is dry such a the desert. They shed their skin which is called molting. This will occur many times over the span of their life.
Snakes are isolated creatures when it comes to their living behaviors. From time to time they will come into contact with each other by accident. Most of the time they will go their own way. However, it is mating season they may stick around. The males will fight each other so that they can find other females to mate with.
The females may or may not want to match. It is hard for experts to really understand what makes her choose a final mate. What is interesting is that some species of snakes have live young while the majority of them will lay eggs. They never stay with the young so that makes them extremely vulnerable.
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