King cobra handler dies exactly the way he should


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Snake lover killed by one of his 24 king cobras

A snake conservationist who kept one of Europe’s biggest colonies of king cobras in a compound behind his house died yesterday after one of them bit him.

Luke Yeomans with one of his cobras Photo: Raymonds

By Nick Britten
6:57AM BST 30 Jun 2011

Luke Yeomans had 24 snakes at his home and was due to open his king cobra sanctuary to the public this weekend.

He had a heart attack after being bitten by one of the snakes, which are among the most poisonous in the world. In an interview recorded a month ago Mr Yeomans, 45, insisted he kept the snakes at his home in Eastwood, Nottingham, to ensure “the survival of the species”.

“Until mankind changes the way he treats the natural world, a living ark is required for the survival of many animal species,” he said.

Mr Yeomans, who opened his first pet shop when he was 16, started his king cobra breeding programme three years ago in response to the depletion of the snake’s natural habitat in the forests of southeast Asia and India.

He had planned to breed another 100 snakes by the end of this year. He told the BBC that he had been obsessed with snakes since catching his first adder at the age of seven. He shared his bedroom with a collection of gaboon vipers and Indian cobras in his teens.

He added: “I was very unhappy with some of the imported snakes as they were dehydrated and covered in parasites.
“Back in the early 1980s, breeding snakes was a rare event but there was a handful of enthusiasts in the UK and USA making headway and we shared what we learnt. King cobras are cannibalistic snakes. To get a pair together without cannibalism is difficult. You need to get the female in with the male without her showing signs of aggression.”
During the interview, Mr Yeomans insisted that the snakes posed no threat to him, although he admitted he had been bitten twice before.
He said: “These king cobras know I provide them with food and fresh water so they’re not going to go out of their way to do harm to me when I do no harm to them whatsoever. People say I’m mad but it’s better than saying that you’re bad and everything I do is good. My life is about the conservation of the king cobra.”
His fascination with the king cobra came after studying it in its natural environment.
He founded the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station in India in 2005, a centre dedicated to the conservation of the snake and its habitat.
The king cobra is one of the most dangerous snakes to inhabit the forests of Asia and is reputed to be able to kill an elephant.
Good. Don't play with snakes, stupid.


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He had a heart attack after being bitten by one of the snakes, which are among the most poisonous in the world.

Since when are snakes poisonous ?


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I was expecting something other than death by cobra.


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I used to make the baroness blow everyone.....roadblock was last of course.

And she was afraid to do anything with shipwreck, because he was a fag with AIDS.

Last week ruled.


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I thought he was the handler for these guys:


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At least he died doing what he loved. uggh