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Residents of Thailand’s Isaan pray to a never-before-seen blue snake

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Villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand discovered a blue snake in a tree never seen before in Thailand. Villagers lit incense and prayed to the snake, believing that it would surely bring them good luck.

The Isaan is full of snakes, but no one has ever reported seeing this type of snake before. The bright blue three-foot snake soon attracted crowds of locals in Ban Song Khon village in Sung Noen district. Villagers said the snake moved slowly and appeared to be unafraid.

A 45-year-old local man Pradit Donsoonnoen said none of the villagers had seen this snake before. No one knew the species or whether it was poisonous. When he took the snake in a bucket to show his friends, they first thought it was a toy snake.

The locals lit incense, prayed to the sky-blue snake and thought about the lottery numbers they should buy before releasing the snake back into the wild.

An image of the snake was posted in a “Snakes of Isaan” Facebook snake identification group. Everyone agreed that it looked like some sort of deadly poisonous Pit Viper because of its shape, but no one had ever seen it in Thailand before. Snake enthusiasts in the comments section were stunned…

“Absolutely not an Isaan slang. Looks like photoshop?”

“I know you can get blue pit vipers on Tioman Island, but that’s in Malaysia, not Thailand.”

“Trimeresurus insularis (Blue Pit Viper) is a venomous pit viper found in East Java and the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia.”

“The blue variety is rare and only occurs in places like Komodo Island, where both green and blue specimens have been spotted. They have a ‘hemorrhagic’ venom, which can cause pain, swelling, necrosis of the flesh and severe bleeding, both internally and externally.”

Jesada Denduangboriban of Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Biology agrees with the consensus that the snake is a kind of Pit Viper…

“What worries me is that Pit Vipers are highly venomous, deadly snakes (as opposed to the common green wine snake which has almost no venom). Whoever catches this snake and plays with it, be very careful, it is extremely dangerous.”

Whatever it is, it is certainly rare and the locals are sure it will bring good luck to the villagers, hopefully in the form of winning lottery numbers. The locals vouch for the number 125, the house number where the incense ceremony took place.

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