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While I am quite sure there are many others, I am focusing on one type of snake, for now... cobras.

 

The Southeastern Philippine Cobra, or Samar Cobra (Naja Samarensis) lives in Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and on Camiguin Island.

 

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The Philippine Cobra (Naja philippinensis) is found primarily on Luzon, Mindoro, Catanduanes, and Masbate.

 

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Wikipedia Information: Philippine Cobra

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misty
While I am quite sure there are many others, I am focusing on one type of snake, for now... cobras.

 

The Samar Cobra (Naja Samarensis) lives in Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and on Camiguin Island.

 

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Willy! :)

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USMC-Retired

when I saw you posted this I was worried that it might the "one eyed version" Thus finding its way into many Filipinas pants. It can be deadly and cause severe abdominal swelling.

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Paul

No. This is quite a serious post. A fellow I know lost his dog this past weekend, in Gingoog, Northern Mindanao. Basically, Ralf heard the dogs barking that evening. He figured it was a typical night. He didn't find out until the following morning, when he went out and found his dog dead, that she had protected the family from a snake that had come onto to the property. Although the dog died, the snake had been killed by the animal. So, she served her master until the end.
 

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LasVEgasRon

Is there any books available to let you know what Reptiles are found in the area? When I was in Cebu, I didn't find any in the book store. Wish there was a field guide to buy.

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Paul
Here is the only book I found. It is on Amazon (used), and a bit pricey: Philippine Reptiles & Amphibiansir?t=pointmancebu-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0007C1Y6A

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While I am quite sure there are many others, I am focusing on one type of snake, for now... cobras.

 

The Southeastern Philippine Cobra, or Samar Cobra (Naja Samarensis) lives in Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and on Camiguin Island.

 

gallery_1_99_1195.jpg

 

 

 

 

The Philippine Cobra (Naja philippinensis) is found primarily on Luzon, Mindoro, Catanduanes, and Masbate.

 

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Wikipedia Information: Philippine Cobra

 

 

We had a pit viper in our house a year or two ago. Freaked the wifey out a bit. I assured her there was good news and bad news. Bad news they are highly poisonous. Good news rarely fatal.

 

Larry in Dumaguete

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Jim Sibbick
No. This is quite a serious post. A fellow I know lost his dog this past weekend, in Gingoog, Northern Mindanao. Basically, Ralf heard the dogs barking that evening. He figured it was a typical night. He didn't find out until the following morning, when he went out and found his dog dead, that she had protected the family from a snake that had come onto to the property. Although the dog died, the snake had been killed by the animal. So, she served her master until the end.

 

You may find Ralf, and others, on the G! Yahoo Group.

Every time I visit Albuera on Leyte, I hear another story of some one dead from a cobra.

 

Kids are always being bitten when playing along the river.

 

The only one I ever saw was a baby slithering across the front yard. I thought it was a big worm until told otherwise. Apparently they can kill too!

 

 

Regards; Jim

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upatnitemikey

if you are bitten badly will there be serum at the hospital???

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Paul
if you are bitten badly will there be serum at the hospital???

 

In this case, it was a dog that was bitten, but died that night.

 

Another dog that Ralf owns, apparently had licked some saliva or other moisture from the dead dog became sick later. They took that dog to the vet too. I do not know if it lived or not, yet.

 

But, I do know there was no anti-venom for the snake bite.

 

I am trying to contact someone now to see if they can help me obtain more information about this. I go to Mindanao far too often, for me not to consider the safety factor here. Of course, in all my years visiting Mindanao, I have yet to see a cobra, or any other snake for that matter.

 

Recently, a non-venomous snake was caught under a bridge near my apartment. It was about 1.5 meters long, over all. I will see if I can find the photos I took of it that day. If so, I will post them here.

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Paul

A Reticulated Python (thanks to LasVEgasRon for identifying the snake) caught by a local Filipino under a bridge near my home. It was about 1.5 meters long.

 

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eggnoggin

walked about .... for a few days from mnl to and around ac.. spent a few days in say boo... just to put faces with names..one guy came out the back of a restaraunt kitchen around 2 am ... i was cuttin across a lot and stepped on a stack of old tires to get my bearings,, he saw me from about 4 feet away and left a "big brown snake" on his way to the "house"... kinda hurt my feelins :)

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Daves7

Interesting thread.. as in Thailand, Indonesia etc.. you hear much more about snakes and there fear factor..

 

While I know they exist.. until now..I have never heard anyone mention them or even fear of them though I am sure both exist.. it is clearly a matter thats under the radar for most.

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Jim Sibbick
if you are bitten badly will there be serum at the hospital???

Not on Leyte

 

The nearest big hospital is in Ormoc City. They have no serum.

 

So, if you are bitten, you will probably be dead.

 

 

Regards: Jim

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samatm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2694492

 

 

http://www.curehunter.com/public/pubmed2694492.do check these links out regarding using Tensilon to treat Philppine Cobra paralysis. In the Philippines the drug is called "Tensimin" not sure if its available at Mercury drugs though...but I will check on it.

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Alan S

I hate to worry people, but from the little I have read, a far greater risk is sea snakes, or some type of shell fish that burrows under the sand then shoots a dart into any foot, etc that presses down upon it.

 

I'm sure someone will put a name to it, and also amplify the sea snake situation.

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til

Sea snakes are very poisonous but peaceful, they won't really bite if you don't try to catch them.

The mortality rate for bites is relativly low, because the snake doesn't use all its poison (75% of bites contain no poison at all)

I've had a close encounter with one last time snorkeling:

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LasVEgasRon

The snake in the picture with the 2 guys is a Reticulated Python. They can get to 20 foot long. Most are mean (have a bad disposition) and they have long teeth to grab birds as they fly by. Sea snakes are usually not aggressive and will seldom bite even if you pick them up. The Cobra is like the Sea Snake and has fixed fangs and would have a tough time biting through shoes or thick gloves. They strike much slower then a pit viper, and you can almost hand grab them. (Only if you feel lucky

Without Antivenom a Cobra bite would most likly be fatal. I'm sure somewhere they have it, maybe Cebu or Manila.

I have 40 years of collecting and keeping reptiles and have had expeience with most of the stuff found there in the Phil.

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til

I do know sea snakes are not aggressive, but when it headed straight for me I felt a bit ... ehm .. weird. But I did manage to take a foto, while my fianc

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Paul
The snake in the picture with the 2 guys is a Reticulated Python. They can get to 20 foot long. Most are mean (have a bad disposition) and they have long teeth to grab birds as they fly by.

First, thanks again, for identifying the snake for me. I know little about them, personally.

 

Anyway, I understood this one's bad disposition that day. The guy had him in a box that was nowhere near big enough for the snake to be in. (You can see the box in the images I have provided.) As I came up that afternoon, and noticed the Filipinos standing around, one little girl was poking a stick in the box at the snake. I took it away from her and asked her how would she like it if that were done to her? I figured the snake was stressed out already, due to everything that was happening around it.

 

I have 40 years of collecting and keeping reptiles and have had expeience with most of the stuff found there in the Phil.

Can you share any other information you may have, on other snakes (especially if they are venomous) in the Philippines? Any resource you may provide would be greatly appreciated.

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LasVEgasRon

I have very little information on the Reptiles found there. I did find a study based on the island of Panay which is close to Cebu. When I finally move there I will go out and see what I could find and there are new discoveries made on the islands all of the time. This study says there are 20 Amphibians, 36 Lizards, 1 Turtle and 35 Snakes. They found 6 new and up to 15 new species and expect more as time goes on.

I know about the Cobras, Sea Snkes, and there is a pit viper or 2 found there. Watch out for Boiga species. ( Mangrove snakes) Black with yellow cross stripes. (rear fanged and can do damage)

As I get more information I will pass it on. I figure I could write a field guide, which is something I would enjoy once I get there and do some research.

Some of the more exciting Lizards are, Tokay gecko ( big blue-grey lizard climbs walls, glass) The bite hard !, The Sailfin lizard, Can't wait to catch one ( like a big iguana) and the Draco, (flying lizard).

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I have very little information on the Reptiles found there. I did find a study based on the island of Panay which is close to Cebu. When I finally move there I will go out and see what I could find and there are new discoveries made on the islands all of the time. This study says there are 20 Amphibians, 36 Lizards, 1 Turtle and 35 Snakes. They found 6 new and up to 15 new species and expect more as time goes on.

I know about the Cobras, Sea Snkes, and there is a pit viper or 2 found there. Watch out for Boiga species. ( Mangrove snakes) Black with yellow cross stripes. (rear fanged and can do damage)

As I get more information I will pass it on. I figure I could write a field guide, which is something I would enjoy once I get there and do some research.

Some of the more exciting Lizards are, Tokay gecko ( big blue-grey lizard climbs walls, glass) The bite hard !, The Sailfin lizard, Can't wait to catch one ( like a big iguana) and the Draco, (flying lizard).

 

Don't forget monitor lizards. Taste just like chicken. :o

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eggnoggin

the shell...conus conus..... if theres nothing else... pig lard.. and lots of it... 2 quarts orally for dogs with rattler or moccasin bites.. not sure how effective on neurotoxics... works like a champ for the hemotoxics and to quell cyto damage...maybe 3 quarts for average human... carried shotguns while mapping in ethiopia.. shot a mamba following the jeep as we crawled along a lumpy patch... followed his trail in the dust back 25 yards or so..used to go to a ceremony in PI where as a 3 year old ... i watched a teenage girl kiss the back of a king cobras hood on a yearly basis..it lived in a big rock igloo... always a bunch of baby ducks scattered around...sea snakes are highly aggressive during the mating season...i did the lard after stepping on a rattler in aruba while turning around my scooter at the dump ...worked like a champ...stopped up rat holes around the hootch.. put a cs in one hole and waited for the targets to come out with their paws up ...a bunch of rats followed by three "really fast" cobras... talk about some massive firepower.. from m79 shotgun rounds to 15s full auto... sirens chaos falstaff and lots of pissed off lifers with spotty shorts.... under a cargo chute... on a keystone cops... sunday afternoon.. :o

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the shell...conus conus..... if theres nothing else... pig lard.. and lots of it... 2 quarts orally for dogs with rattler or moccasin bites.. not sure how effective on neurotoxics... works like a champ for the hemotoxics and to quell cyto damage...maybe 3 quarts for average human... carried shotguns while mapping in ethiopia.. shot a mamba following the jeep as we crawled along a lumpy patch... followed his trail in the dust back 25 yards or so..used to go to a ceremony in PI where as a 3 year old ... i watched a teenage girl kiss the back of a king cobras hood on a yearly basis..it lived in a big rock igloo... always a bunch of baby ducks scattered around...sea snakes are highly aggressive during the mating season...i did the lard after stepping on a rattler in aruba while turning around my scooter at the dump ...worked like a champ...stopped up rat holes around the hootch.. put a cs in one hole and waited for the targets to come out with their paws up ...a bunch of rats followed by three "really fast" cobras... talk about some massive firepower.. from m79 shotgun rounds to 15s full auto... sirens chaos falstaff and lots of pissed off lifers with spotty shorts.... under a cargo chute... on a keystone cops... sunday afternoon.. :lmao:

 

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