See A Woman Discover A 12-Foot Snake Swimming In Her Hotel Pool

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: November 17, 2023

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Thailand is a very popular holiday destination. As well as enjoying the glorious beaches, many people also go there to see some very special animals including the Asian elephant and dusky leaf monkeys. Thailand is also home to many snake species but you don’t expect to find one in your hotel swimming pool!

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Unexpected Guest In The Pool

This hotel swimming pool looks amazing at night – right up until you spot the snake in there. For some people, that would not be a problem but for others, it would be horrifying. From the fairly relaxed reaction of the hotel maintenance team, this is not an unusual occurrence.

banded water snake in the water

Most snakes can float and many are very good swimmers

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One of them is standing in the shallow part of the pool whilst the other attempts to move the snake with a very small net! The video notes explain that the snake was retrieved from the pool and released somewhere safe. One of the hotel staff even stroked its head to reassure it.

Nearly all species of snake can float and many of them can swim (some under the water and others on the surface) but some have adapted to spend a lot of time in the water. Some can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes and some sea snakes can stay underwater for hours!

Is It Normal For Snakes To Be Found In Pools?

Graham's Crayfish snake peeking out of the bushes. These snakes are harmless to humans and feed on crayfish, insects and small reptiles and are found not too far from waterways.

Snakes sometimes find their way into pools, however, certain scents can keep them away.

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Occasionally, snakes are discovered in swimming pools and require careful handling to remove them without harm.

Different types of techniques can be used to safely retrieve a snake from the water and relocate it.

Additionally, the chemicals in chlorinated water are not good for snake species. It can cause them to become aggressive or generally unwell.

Snakes have a strong aversion to the scent of ammonia, making it an effective deterrent. To keep snakes at bay, some people will saturate rags with ammonia and put them in unsealed bags. Place these bags in areas where snakes have been seen before.

Alternatively, vinegar serves as another deterrent for snakes.

Snakes In Thailand

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Although the species of snake in this video is unknown, there are plenty of snakes in Thailand.

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We are not told the species of snake featured in this video but Thailand is not short of snakes – this is something to bear in mind when booking a vacation. This snake is described as 12 feet in length. Several large snakes are found in Thailand. According to Thai National Parks, the country is home to the reticulated python – it is found in southeast and south Asia and is a nonvenomous constrictor. It also has the honor of being the world’s longest snake. They are excellent swimmers and have even been spotted far out at sea.

The world’s longest venomous snake, the King Cobra, is also native to Thailand. King cobras are also excellent swimmers and live off mainly lizards and birds. They are usually found in streams, forests, bamboo thickets, and swamps.

However, the area is home to numerous other smaller water snakes. This includes the dog-faced water snake which usually lives in brackish pools and feeds mainly on fish and the puff-faced water snake which feeds on frogs and fish.

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The footage was captured in March 2020, and the speaker notes that the water is still relatively clear. Using a drone, the speaker spots a great white shark that is swimming close to the surface and about 400 feet away from the shoreline. The speaker adds that this behavior is sometimes observed in sharks when they are asleep.

Sharks may swim around objects or creatures that pique their interest, which is sometimes seen as aggressive behavior, but in reality, it’s just the shark trying to understand the situation.

While some species of sharks are known to swim while sleeping, others may prefer to descend to the seafloor and huddle together in a dark and remote area to avoid any potential threats.

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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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