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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    Vukjow Mare poses with a King Cobra in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010. Also known as the King Cobra village, life in the small town of Ban Khok Sanga, with its population of 2000 inhabitants, revolves around this imposing animal.
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    Bom Lordthing and his family play with a King Cobra in his house in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010. This tradition with life revolving around cobras began when Sanbut, the founder of the community tamed a cobra. In this village, every household has to have its own Royal Cobra. It is part of the family and lives in the house.
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    Kempon Snidnid kisses her King Cobra during the Buddhist New Year in the Ban Khok Sanga village in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010. Controlling an animal such as the cobra is considered a talent. Extremely powerful and respected for its remarkable intelligence, the cobra is completely deaf and uses its senses to hunt and protect itself.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    Vukjow Mare fights with a King Cobra in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    Latda Pirom poses with her King Cobra in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    Vukjow Mare plays with a King Cobra in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    King Cobras are in a pen during the Buddhist New Year ceremony for the King Cobra in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    Bom Lordthing carries a captured King Cobra near the village in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010. The villagers have known for a longtime about the risks of extinction which threaten the species. Deforestation and the demands of certain consumers who believe that cobra blood is an aphrodisiac may contribute to the cobra's extinction.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    A villager takes cobra poison to sell at the hospital in Ban Khok Sanga, Thailand, April 2010.
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  • Village of the Royal Cobra

    A King Cobra in the Ban Khok Sanga village, Thailand, April 2010.
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