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The pictured handling techniques are not recommended to the viewers of this page. Please DO NOT attempt to copy what you see here! Keep in mind that I stock antivenoms, and I've been self-immunizing for many years and still have had some near fatal bites where I wound up in a hospital intensive care unit (see last  pics below). Nobody really respects a show-off, so please handle snakes safely! One out of every 100 people I hear from expresses their concern that the below type photos could inspire others to copy me. So if you are one of those people that is inspired to copy every dangerous thing you see on TV or the internet, my advise to you is: A) DON'T!!!, and B) stay off the internet and don't watch TV ! Be Blessed!  "The Cobraman" Ray Hunter, Sc.D.

*** Note *** I hereby authorize anyone to copy, download or otherwise use any of my photos from this site. You do not need to request my permission to copy or use any photos from this site. RFH


***KING COBRAS (Ophiophagus hannah) ***


12 foot King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

12 foot King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

National Geographic filming a segment on Self Immunzing with snake venoms @ Tom Crutchfield's facility in Homestead - Miami. Had a great time with good herpetology friends.

Norman and I holding a 14' King Cobra during National Geographic filming a segment on Self Immunzing with snake venoms. photo by Roy Miller


12 foot King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

13' King Cobra

12 foot King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

12 foot Malaysian King Cobra

Chinese King Cobra

Ray & Chinese King Cobra

c.b. baby King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

Ray Hunter (with Ray Goushaw in background) catching a 14 foot male Malaysian King Cobra.


14 foot Malaysian King Cobra

Distracting King Cobra before moving in for the catch.

A slightly annoyed King Cobra

Ray with 10 foot King Cobra

Catching 10 foot King Cobra

Ray battles it out with 10 foot King Cobra

10 foot King Cobra

Ray catching 10 foot King Cobra

Ray & 10 foot Malaysian King

9 foot King

Ray catching King Cobra

Indonesian King Cobra


*** INDIAN COBRAS (Naja naja) ***

Ray catching an Indian Cobra

Ray with Indian Cobra

Indian Cobra

Indian Cobra (this was a venomoid rescue. notice the sunken in face where the venom gland would be)

Formosan Cobra (Naja atra)



*** CAPE COBRAS (Naja nevia) ***

Yellow-Speckled CAPE COBRA (Naja nivea)


Yellow-Speckled CAPE COBRA (Naja nivea)

Of course I had to piss him off.


Cape Cobra

Mustard Yellow speckled Cape Cobra

Speckled Cape Cobra

Cape Cobras

Cape Cobra

Cape Cobra

Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Baby Cape Cobra

Cape Cobra with speckling on her head (see nect picture)

Cape Cobra with speckling on head


********* VARIOUS SPECIES OF COBRAS *********

Ray with Piebald Monocled Cobra

Piebald Monocled Cobra (naja kaouthia)

Still photo taken during the filming of Animal Planet's "The Man That Injects Venom

Leucistic Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)

Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia) Female 100% het. for leucistic & 33% het for sunset............but still a Monocled Cobra. Again, thanks Mitch!

The Suphan Cobra that killed my friend (Les) in 1995

Piebald Spitting Cobra

Indochinese Spitting Cobra (Naja siamensis)

Black Neck Spitting Cobra Naja nigricollis)

Monocled Cobra showing her fangs

Baby Forest Cobra (naja melanoleuca)

Ray catching an Egyptian Cobra

Ray catching an Egyptian Cobra

Red Spitting Cobra (Naja palida)

Red Spitting Cobra (Naja palida)

Banded Rinkhals Spitting Cobra

baby Rinkhals Spitting Cobra

Adult Rinkhals Spitting Cobra

Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje)

baby Banded Egyptian Cobra

baby Red Spitting Cobra (Naja palida)

Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera)

Ivory Indo Spitting Cobra (Naja sputatrix)

Sumatran Spitting Cobra (naja sumatrana)


*** MAMBAS  & BOOMSLANGS ***

Myself & Don Kaye (the proud new owner of the monster mamba). This is the largest BLACK MAMBA I have ever personally handled. He is 12 feet and weighs about 20 lbs. He is captive born and shows no interest in biting anything except large rats.

c.b. baby Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)

baby Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)

Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)

Fangs of a West African Green Mamba.

East African Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps)

East African Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps)

Jameson's Mamba (Dendroaspis jamesoni kaimosea )

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) male

1.1 Boomslangs (Dispholidus typus)

c.b. Boomslang(Dispholidus typus)

c.b. Boomslang(Dispholidus typus)


********* ALL OTHER VARIOUS VENOMOUS REPTILES *********

Cape Puff Adder (Bitis arientas)

Cape Puff Adder (Bitis arientas)

Albino Malaysian Krait (Bungarus candidus) CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THIS SNAKE EATING PINKIES

Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps)

Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps)

Malaysian Krait (Bungarus candidus)

Banded Krait (Bungarus f.)

Malayan mountain pitviper (Ovophis monticola,)

Malayan mountain pitviper (Ovophis monticola,)

Usambara Bush Viper (Atheris ceratophoa)

baby Berg Adder (Bitis atropos)

c.b. baby Many-horned Adder (Bitis cornuta)

Red Death Adder (A. antarcticus)

Red Death Adder (A. antarcticus)

Red Death Adder (A. antarcticus)

Death Adder (A. antarcticus)

Papuan Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus canni )

Banded Pitviper (Trimeresurus fasciatus)

Banded Pitviper (Trimeresurus fasciatus)

Blandings Tree Snake

Albino Coral Snake (snake owned by Carl Barden, photo by Ray Hunter)

Leucistic Cottonmouth (snake owned by Carl Barden, photo by Ray Hunter)

W.A. Gaboon Viper eating a rat

Boiga spp.

Boiga dendrophila gemmicincta

Russell's viper (Daboia russelii)

Neotropical Rattlesnake

Neotropical Rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus)

Central American Rattlesnake (Crotalus simus)

Gaboon Rhino Viper cross AKA Gabino

Gaboon Rhino Viper cross AKA Gabino

West African Rhino Viper

West African Rhino Viper

Sri Lankan Palm Viper

Malayan Pit Viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma)

Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvious fulvious) North America's most TOXIC snake (drop for drop)

Aquatic Coral Snake

West African Gaboon Viper (bitis gabonica)

East African Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) notice the split in the pattern under the eyes, and the lack of nosril horns.

East African Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) notice the split in the pattern under the eyes, and the lack of nosril horns.

West African Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) Has a single pattern under the eye, and has the nostril horns. These also tend to get bigger than the E.A. Gaboons.

South African Puff Adder

Sumatran Waglers Viper

Waglers Viper

Waglers Viper

Waglers Viper

Waglers Viper

Popes Viper (Trimeresurus popeiorum)


White Lip Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)

Yellow Bamboo Tree Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris insularis)

Usambara Bush Viper (Atheris ceratophora) (rare black color phase)

Female Rhino Viper 

Male

Desert Horn Viper (Cerastes cerastes)

Variable Bush Viper (Atheris Squamigera)

Variable Bush Viper (Atheris Squamigera)

West African Bush Viper (Atheris chloroechis)

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri) 

Mexican Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum)

Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum)


********* HERPETOLOGICA FRIENDS OF MINE *********

I was honored to meet with Mike Perry (www.africanreptiles-venom.co.za) during his visit in July 08 to obtain blood samples from Bill Haast, Tim Friede, and myself. Mike Perry produces much of the venoms SAIMR uses for antivenoms for African venomous snakes.

Ray and Mr. William Haast of Miami Serpentarium Labs. (Bill is holding a banded krait)

David Weathers, myself, and an Indian Cobra

My friend (Robert Alleva from the Discovery series "I WAS BITTEN") with one of my Gaboon Vipers

Robert poses with my Monocled Cobra

Marco Zeno (Gatorland) with Pigmy Rattler we found herping

Robert (with Pigmy Rattler) and I herping


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Some of Cobraman's bite pictures (warning---not a pretty sight)

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Ray in ICU after a Rock Rattlesnake bite that required 15 vials of antivenin.

Swollen hand after Malaysian Hagen's Viper bit to the left index finger tip.

Egyptian Cobra bite to right index finger.

Hagen's Viper bite on left index finger

Hagen's Viper bite on left index finger

OUCH!!!!


Tissue distruction from Hagen's Viper bite

My LAST (and I mean LAST) snake bite!!!

5.5 foot Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake that bit me 10/27/07.

On vent. for 5 days after bite that required 33 vials of Crofab antivenom, and five week hospi tal stay.

8 cut fasciotomy and bleb at site of bite.

5 weeks after bite




PLEASE DO NOT COPY ANYTHING YOU SEE ME DO IN THESE PHOTOS. IF YOU DO, YOUR FINGERS WILL LOOK LIKE THE ABOVE PICTURES (IF YOU ARE LUCKY), OR YOU WILL BE DEAD. I STOCK ANTIVENOM, AND SELF IMMUNIZE, BUT EVEN THESE PRECAUTIONS DO NOT GUARANTEE MY SURVIVAL OF MY NEXT BITE.  Be Blessed!!!                                  Ray Hunter, PhD (Cobraman)


*** VIDEOS *** Click on any of the links below to view videos:


Ray on Animal Planet's "THE MAN THAT INJECTS VENOM"

Ray's Rattlesnake bite on Discovery Channel "I Was Bitten" pt-1

Ray's Rattlesnake bite on Discovery Channel "I Was Bitten" pt-2

Ray catching a Monocled Cobra

Ray showing a Monocled Cobra and catching it at the end of clip.

Ray extracting venom from an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

My good friend Carl Barden extracting venom from a 5 foot Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake I brought him. We got 700mg of venom from one bite.

Albino Malaysian Krait at the 'Pinky Buffet'

 
   
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