Lonely Planet Writer

Snappy smacker: tourist bitten as she kisses snake

A Chinese tourist was rushed to hospital for stitches after a reticulated python latched onto her nose at an animal park in Phuket.

The tourist leans in to kiss the snake only moments before it bites her. Image by Screengrab via YouTube
The tourist leans in to kiss the snake only moments before it bites her. Image by Screengrab via YouTube

Video footage circulating on the internet shows the non-venomous snake strike the woman as she leans in to ‘kiss’ the reptile in the arms of a handler. The woman was released from hospital shortly after receiving stitches. Phuket tourist police have warned tourists of the risks of attending ‘cowboy’ animal parks in Thailand.

In another recent incident, a Chinese female tourist had her leg bitten by a crocodile while taking a close-range photograph at Chiang Mai Crocodile Park.

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