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Three students almost sit on big deadly poisonous snake hiding under seat of their motorcycle. Water, hooks, revving up engine all fail to remove snake. 


Photo above of Russell's Viper, a very poisonous and deadly snake (Source: Wikipedia).


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Students escape deadly snake

18/09/2012
Online Reporters

ANG THONG - Three high school students were lucky to escape being bitten by a highly venomous snake that had hidden itself under the seat of their motorcycle, reports said.

Police said they received a report that school students needed help to remove a snake from their motorcycle, parked near the Chao Praya River bank in Muang district. When police and a rescue official arrived at the scene, the boys were spraying water at their motorcycle.

They explained that a snake was hiding inside their motorcycle, but they could no longer see it. They said they intended to head back home, but fortunately spotted the snake before they got on the bike.

Police said the rescue officer spent a lot of time revving up the motorcycle engine in a bid to scare the snake out of its hiding place and away from the bike.

After a while, a two metre Russell's Viper poked its head out from under the back seat. The snake had crawled up under the seat, police said.

"The rescue official did everything he could, but the snake wouldn’t move,” a police officer said. “Finally he was able to hook it out with a stick.

Police said the boys were lucky to have spotted the deadly snake before they jumped on the bike. They could easily have been bitten.

The snake had since been released into the wild, police said.

The Russell's Viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in Asia. Its bite is very painful, and frequently fatal to humans.

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Snake Vocabulary

snake -  งู (See Wikipedia)

deadly - can kill, can cause death
deadly snake

escape - avoid bad thing; stop some bad thing from happening to you หลีกเลี่ยง, หลบหลีก, เลี่ยง, หลีก, หลีกหนี, หลบ
escape being bitten
escape deadly snake

Russell's Viper - a snake found in Asia in India much of Southeast Asia, southern China and Taiwan, responsible for causing the most snakebite incidents and deaths among all venomous snakes because of their wide distribution  living places where there are a lot of people (highly-populated areas) (See Wikipedia)

poison - a chemical that causes damage to the body or even death พิษ
poisonous สิ่งที่มีพิษ
poisonous snakes

venom (noun) - the poison that comes with a snakebite พิษจากการถูกสัตว์กัดต่อย, พิษสัตว์, สิ่งที่มีพิษ
venomous (adjective)
venomous snake

highly venomous snake

bite (verb, present) - to use the teeth to cut or break something; giving the bite to another กัด
snakebite -
when a snake uses its teeth (fangs) to bite something  การกัดของงู, แผลงูกัด
bitten
(verb, past) - receiving the bite from another

lucky to -
 โชคดี,  มีโชค, เคราะห์ดี, นำโชค, ที่นำเคราะห์ดีมาให้
lucky to escape being bitten

Three high school students were lucky to escape being bitten by a highly venomous snake that had hidden itself under the seat of their motorcycle, reports said.

remove - to take something away เอาออกจาก
school students needed help to remove a snake from their motorcycle

river bank - a raised area of land along the side of a river ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
Chao Praya River bank

rescue - to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
official - approved by the government or some authority ที่เป็นทางการ

rescue official

a rescue official arrived at the scene

spray -
water forced out through a small whole, turning into mist, many small bits of water ฉีด, พ่น
spray water
spraying water at their motorcycle


intended - planned; wanted to happen ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
intended
to head back home

spotted - seen; noticed ปรากฏให้เห็น
spotted the deadly snake

fortunately - luckily; meaning: that something good has happened
fortunately spotted the snake before they got on the bike

Police said they received a report that school students needed help to remove a snake from their motorcycle, parked near the Chao Praya River bank in Muang district. When police and a rescue official arrived at the scene, the boys were spraying water at their motorcycle. They explained that a snake was hiding inside their motorcycle, but they could no longer see it. They said they intended to head back home, but fortunately spotted the snake before they got on the bike.

officer - a high level person in an organisation with special responsibilities (a government officer, a police officer, an army officer)
rescue officer

spent - used ใช้ไป ที่ใช้ไป
spent a lot of time - use much time

rev up engine -
making a loud noise with an engine (sending gas into the engine) but not going anywhere 
revving up the motorcycle engine

in a bid to - an attempt to do something ความพยายาม

scare -
to make a person frightened or afraid (worry about possible danger)
scare X out of Y
scare X away from Y

scare the snake out of its hiding place
scare the snake away from the bike

Police said the rescue officer spent a lot of time revving up the motorcycle engine in a bid to scare the snake out of its hiding place and away from the bike.

poke out -
 โผล่ออกมา, ยื่นออกมา
poke head out  
poked its head out
from under the back seat

crawl -  move along the ground, slide along the ground without using feet คลาน
the snake had crawled up under the seat

After a while, a two metre Russell's Viper poked its head out from under the back seat. The snake had crawled up under the seat, police said.

did everything he could - used every way and method possible to solve problem

hook -
catch something with a hook คล้อง เกี่ยว จับ
hook it out -
catch with a hook and pull out
hook it out with a stick

release - let person or animal leave a place, after being captured and held there; set free, set loose ปลดปล่อย, ปล่อยตัว
the wild - the jungle, a place where there are few or no humans, just animals and plants   
released into the wild

fatal - causing someone to die ถึงตาย
fatal to humans - kills humans

frequently -
often  บ่อยๆ
frequently fatal to humans

"The rescue official did everything he could, but the snake wouldn’t move,” a police officer said. “Finally he was able to hook it out with a stick. Police said the boys were lucky to have spotted the deadly snake before they jumped on the bike. They could easily have been bitten. The snake had since been released into the wild, police said. The Russell's Viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in Asia. Its bite is very painful, and frequently fatal to humans.

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