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If you live in Bangkok and you have had an unwanted legless visitor in or near your home, you are not alone. 

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Unwanted visitors on the increase

Bang Khen Fire Station officers put a python into a cage after catching it from a house in the area. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

If you live in Bangkok and you have had an unwanted legless visitor in or near your home, you are not alone.

Altogether, there have been 2,935 calls to the Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department already this year from residents seeking help to deal with snakes invading their homes, says director Yutasak Romchatthong.

That only refers to incidents where a snake was caught, he says.

“If not, we will not record it,’’ he says.

‘‘That means that the number of calls for snake disturbances is a lot higher.’’

He said the number of recorded rescue operations for snake disturbances had increased ‘‘significantly’’ from 1,582 in 2008 and 2,744 in 2009.

He said this increase was due to the continuing encroachment of humans on the natural habitats of the snakes.

Bang Chan, Phra Khanong and Bang Khae are the areas with the highest numbers of calls for snake invasions. Most of them are non-poisonous species such as pythons and fish-eating snakes.

However, in some cases, cobras have been found in homes, especially on the outskirts of Bangkok where paddy fields and other farming areas are being replaced by housing estates. After receiving a call, a team of three or four firefighters will head to the scene with simple snake-catching equipment such as a net, a plastic bag and a hook.

Banjong Proybamrung, a volunteer rescuer at the Bang Khen Fire Station Office, said his team gets an average of four callouts a week regarding snakes.

‘‘Most of them are pythons,’’ he said. ‘‘But if we find a cobra, there is no choice but to kill them.’’

Currently, 80 pythons are being kept in a cage at Bang Khen Fire Station, and about 100 others were recently released in a forest in Chon Buri province.

Adapted from a story in Saturday's Bangkok Post by Apinya Wipatayotin

rescue – to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
invade – to enter a place, usually when unwanted บุกรุก
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
disturbance – an occasion during which people behave in a noisy or violent way in a public place ก่อความไม่สงบ หรือรบกวนประชาชน
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people การปฏิบัติการ
significantly – in an important way อย่างสำคัญ
encroachment - gradually covering more and more of an area of land การบุกรุก
habitat – the type of place that a particular animal usually lives in or a particular plant usually grows in ถิ่นที่อยู่ของพืชหรือสัตว์
species – a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other พันธ์,จำพวก
python – a very large snake that kills animals for food by wrapping itself around them and crushing them งูหลาม, งูขนาดใหญ่
cobra – a poisonous African or Asian snake that spreads out the skin on its neck when it is angry งูเห่า
outskirts – the areas at the edge of a city  ชานเมือง
paddy fields – fields planted with rice growing in water นาข้าว
replace – to put something new in place of something old  นำสิ่งใหม่มาใช้แทน
housing estate – an area containing a large number of houses or apartments built close together at the same time บ้านจัดสรร
hook – a curved piece of metal or plastic fixed to a pole or with a handle at the other end, used for catching hold of something ตะขอ
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
cage – a container made of wire or metal bars and used for keeping birds or animals in กรง
release – to allow to go free ปล่อย

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