Snakes alive! Students and teachers flee in terror as 12ft python falls through university ceiling in Thailand
- Python flickers its forked tongue as it hangs from Thammasat University ceiling
- Local rescue crew were called and reptile was released into wild
- Thailand is home to three types of python; the reticulated python, the Burmese python and the Brongersma’s short-tailed python
University students and lecturers in central Thailand fled in terror as an unexpected reptilian guest broke through the roof, writhing and flickering its long forked tongue.
A video taken moments after the 12ft long python fell through the wooden ceiling of the Thammasat University in Pathum Thani shows the reptile writhing as it hangs into the middle of the once-busy corridor.
At one point it can be seen stretching out to its full impressive length, flickering its tongue before it curls back up towards the ceiling.
The reptile can be seen to stretch out to its full length before curling back up towards the ceiling
As the camera pans back across the corridor, only two people remain in the once-busy space that was rapidly vacated as students and teachers fled in terror from the large snake.
One girl can be seen standing at a safe distance as she gazes in fear and laughs in seeming hysteria at seeing the large snake’s lengthy body writhing from her University ceiling.
The snake sent students and teachers at Thammasat University fleeing in fear. The woman on the right can be seen laughing in seeming hysteria at seeing the large reptile
Only these two women remained in the corridor – albeit at a safe distance – as the snake hung from the ceiling. Local rescue crew were called to capture the snake which was later released into the wild
Lecturer Phupa Phuwananon was one of those at the University when the reptile paid a surprise visit.
He said the snake gave him a fright when he saw it slithering through the wooden roof on September 28.
‘There are lots of the reptiles living around our campus, but seeing a snake hanging down from the ceiling was so surprising,’ he said.
‘I think the reason the snake was up there because of its nest, or some of prey such as rats might have been running around up there and it was trying to catch them.”
Students and staff stayed well clear of the reptile until a local rescue team arrived.
The snake was captured safely and released it back to its natural habitat.
The once busy corridor was rapidly vacated after the large python broke through the ceiling, as the python writhes and flickers its long forked tongue
It was not made clear what type of python it was, but according to the Thai National Parks website, there are three types of the reptile that are endemic to the Asian nation.
These are; the reticulated python, the Burmese python and the Brongersma’s short-tailed python.
The reticulated python ( scientific name Python reticulatus) is a species of python that is commonly found in Southeast Asia.
They are said to be the world’s longest snake and among the top three heaviest snake in the world.
Like all pythons the reticulated python is a non-venomous constrictor and is not thought to pose a significant threat to humans.
However, there have been a number of cases of people killed by reticulated pythons in the past, said the Thai National Parks in its description of the reptile.
File photo shows a reticulated python. The non-venomous constrictor is generally not dangerous to humans but there are reported cases of humans killed by the reptile
It is unclear what type of python this unexpected guest was, however given its size it is likely to be one of the two larger species endemic to Thailand, the reticulated python or the Burmese python
The second species endemic to Thailand, known as the Burmese python (Python bivittatus) is one of the five largest species of snakes in the world.
This type of python, commonly found near water, but also in trees, are known to reach up to 18ft in length.
A largely docile species they are powerful reptiles that can bite or even kill its keeper with its sheer constrictive force.
The third species, a Python brongersmai, commonly known as Brongersma’s short-tailed python is the smaller of the three.
The nonvenomous snake endemic can grow up to 3.2 feet and is most active around dusk and dawn.
File photo of a Burmese python. One of the pythons endemic to Indonesia, that is generally docile in nature but does have the power to severely bite and constrict a human to death