BANGKOK – Thai snakes might be creeping towards extinction because their popularity as an aphrodisiac and gourmet food is spiralling.
Only some species can be bred in captivity, an expert on snakes warned.
Poisonous snakes have a better chance of survival because they are bred for their serum.
“This matter needs co-operation from the Forestry Department and the Public Health Ministry. People must know snakes are crucial in biological, health and economic terms,” said Dr Montri Chiobamroongkiat, quality control chief at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute.