Bitten by a Deadly Banded Krait in a Bangkok Bar

Banded Kraits are yellow and black in most of Southeast Asia. In Indonesia they can be white and black.
Banded kraits can be yellow and black or white and black.

I have a banded krait video (click) up at Youtube and a guy responded with a comment that I didn’t know whether to take seriously or not. Apparently it is true, he was bitten by a banded krait in 1995 while enjoying a night out in a Bangkok bar on Soi Cowboy.

Some of the snake handlers at the cobra shows regularly ask members of the audience if they want to come out and play with the deadly snakes. Sometimes people do. It’s a rather thin line between letting audience members interact with the snake in a dangerous way – and just doing enough so they think they are. In this case, they let this Swedish guy come down onto the floor with the snake. Well, here are his comments. I’ve edited them a bit to make it more understandable. It still might not be perfect, but, best I could do. He said English was his 3rd language. Pretty damn good for 3rd language!

His story below:

I got bitten by a banded krait 1995 in Bangkok, and it was during the night, at a Soi Cowboy bar with a Muay Thai boxing ring as the snake show platform. They had 3 cobras they played with for a while and then brought out the banded krait.

The snakeman invited me to come up on stage (I suppose he didn`t expect me to do it). He took it by the tail and swept it from side to side towards me. As the snake got aggravated and aggressive and attempted to strike, but the distance kept me safe until it pulled itself up and lunged – striking like a whip. It bit me on the arm, while everyone in the bar screamed as it reached from his hand all the way to my arm… pumping, as it seemed to have been doing so for long, as my reaction was to first see it attached to my arm, then I remembered the whip like attack.

In my mind it was so much faster than human awareness could keep up with. Still, as I saw its eyes it made me think, “like a shark, with dead eyes”. I quickly realized that I could die and I grabbed it around the throat and squeezed very hard and ripped it off my arm. The head was angled and mouth still open. I hit it on the head full-force to kill it, and dropped it – yet it remained alive.

I picked a small tooth out of my arm, smaller than a kitten’s tooth. I bled from just one small spot where the tooth was embedded. Yet, it got enough venom in to fully envenomate me.

The effects of a such bite were far worse than I could have imagined, as I ended up in hospital and after a week or so, when I was about to leave the hospital, the doctor told me it would take around 5 years to recover – and it did.

The guy who was bitten has a Youtube account with username – Pasiorha.

Quite a story, right?

I have never seen one of these snakes try to bite… and I wasn’t aware they struck outward from the body like that. I thought they just twist around to bite. Learn something new all the time.

So, when the snake show guys ask you if you want to come down and play with the deadly snakes – will you?

Vern

Snake posts by Vern Lovic. Amateur herpetologist roaming about Thailand on field herping tours and events to find king cobras, kraits, vipers, corals, keelbacks, and other snakes native to Thailand. FYI - Thailand has over 200 snake species. Here's our latest book with detailed information on Thailand's 35 Deadly Snakes. "Is That Snake In Your House Dangerous? Identify Deadly Thailand Snakes In Under 5 Minutes!" INFO HERE.

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Pasi Orha
5 years ago

Hello Vern.. Do you remember me, snake bitten in Bangkok by a krait .
Almost three years clean and sober now. Life is in recovery. My destruction and severe drugs use took form after the night in Bangkok. It was a turning point of my life. Second point of return became shortly after you came in contact with me. I don’t really know how it made a different. But I feel grateful for your given attention. I can be followed at Instagram(pasi_orha) or at FB if it’s something you find interesting. Almost 18 years of heavy addiction to a clean living. Never thought life were to return. I have a son today as well. Hopefully life treats you worthy. Take care and feel good about having been a part of making a difference / Pasi Orha

Fayaz khan
3 years ago

Lucky to survive t bite ! Krait venom
Is a powerful hematoxin . Joe slovinski a snake expert from US died from a krait bite .
Never try to show ur heroism to impress people if you are an amateur at snake handling so was the handler who ask people to handle them.
And Mind you more potent than the snake venom is the antivenine of you are allergic .
Take care and live the snakes alone .
They are very important to the georgraphical balance .

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