Catching a Cobra

  How to catch a Cobra...?


Before you want to capture such a snake... when you are in a country like Thailand (or equivalent) you must always take extra precautions: in your garden, in your garage, in your storage room... before you want to lift something (stones, various oblets, a lawnmower...) you are never safe from being confronted with this kind of bug. If the cobra does not really attack humans, a hand or foot can easily be attacked. So this first advice is really very important and must become a systematic reflex in this kind of situation. Never put your hands somewhere without being sure and without checking....


It is certain that the first time you find yourself in the company of a cobra... you only want to get away from it as quickly as possible, don't worry, it's normal.
Then... a day not being able to do otherwise, you end up standing up to him and you make your first capture by sweating with big drops... then a second... then a third.... 
That's about what happened to me here at home in Phuket. Now I don't count the cobras I caught anymore. I still count them in the new house I have been occupying for a few months, but overall I must be in my early twenties.
The cobra, of course, it is better not to walk on it or as in the pictures above it is better not to be in this situation.
That being said... the Cobra has the particularity and reputation of being more of a runaway... it is not aggressive as Russel's viper can be, for example. He's more afraid of you than you are of him. When he sees you, he can stand up but he won't jump on you. If he can, he'll look for a way out, he's only asking for one thing... to run away.
In the garden, you can very well sit quietly and have a cobra visit who will only pass 2 meters from your chair without doing anything to you, and you, without you noticing... 
So, in the end, capturing a cobra is more about running after it than the other way around. An Indochinese snake, for example (harmless), is much more difficult to catch: very fast, very runaway too.
Of course, you have to be a little equipped and you're not going to start like that, bare hands.... 
With experience and to copy the pros who often have a kind of metal hook, I tinkered with my trap to catch these animals: an old house painter's roller from which I removed the foam rollers to keep only the metal part. With this you can easily catch the bug with one hand... the other hand having a broom, stick, tool... to knock it out.
Yes, I know, normally we should just capture them and release them a little further into the wild... but I'm not yet at the stage of putting a cobra in a bag to release it further.
The moment when you are most likely to meet cobras is at nightfall... they go in search of food: toads etc... so there too, always be suspicious.


If you are not too sure of yourself, it is better to call the specialists who will get rid of the unwanted bug (pictures below)

The Kusoldharm Foundation in Phuket, can be reached at: 076-246 301 (24 hours a day).

However, it is recommended that the caller be able to speak a little Thai. If this is not your case, ask your Thai neighbour to take over.

  Snake Trap

Snake Trap

At home, you can easily tinker with a snake trap. I made myself one that has already served me several times and therefore, that has proved its worth.

The device consists of a PVC tube 20mm in diameter and 2 metres long. A strong rope passes through the pipe with a loop at one end, and enough string at the other end to tighten the beast.

You will have to try to place the loop around the snake's head and tighten the rope.

However, even with this trap, Cobras should be approached with extreme caution and it is better to wear safety glasses, as some of them can spit venom with extreme precision into your eyes up to 3 meters.

Snake Trap

Another kind of trap, this qi clamp should be quite practical and safe.
This utensil can be purchased by mail order (Lazada; Ali Express) the price is very affordable

Snake Trap

A painter's roller... at the end of a pole of about 2 meters... ideal to catch the beast...

La démo...

A short visit to our property... and the opportunity to use the "snake trap".

Once tightened, the animal can no longer do anything....

For the record, this absolutely non-aggressive bug, (Indochinese Rat Snake) i. e. an indochine snake, was 140 cm long...

What was this cobra going to do under a flower pot... we'll never know...

With my pole at the end of which I fixed a metal rod (old painter's roller) it is quite easy to "block" the cobra with one hand, then with the other hand, I use for example a piece of wood to settle his account permanently.


Our dogs have spared us a few worries with these snakes several times in recent years. Indeed, many times we have heard them barking abnormally, a sign of foreign presence: cat, rat, snake... specific barks easily recognizable for us.

Many times, they killed cobra snakes, indochine snakes, tree snakes... and each time, when this situation occurred, they were hysterical, uncontrollable, wild.

Unfortunately, what was supposed to happen one day finally happened, "Coffee", my daughter's favorite dog, was surprised by a huge cobra (1.50m) who took refuge in my tool room.

He succumbed to the bite 30 minutes later, the veterinarian being able only to note the death after a few attempts at resuscitation.
The majority of cobras of this type, generally measure about 1 meter, this one much longer (1.50m which is a lot), is to say my "surprise" when I saw it at the end of my flashlight, in the dark!

The snake trap: described above was used to capture this huge cobra. I was also surprised at how easy it was to catch him: approaching the rope circle near his head very slowly, the snake literally threw itself into it. In a flash, all I had to do was tighten the rope at the other end, I held it for good. Was it a stroke of luck, did I take risks...? In any case, think carefully before intervening, this kind of situation is dangerous!

On the picture above, lifeless "Coffee" and its killer.... Goodbye "Coffee"!