By The Nation
The 3.3-metre-long snake, kept in an earthen water jar, is believed to have first bitten Sawan Tabklai, 55, on the hand before coiling around him and crushing him to death.
Pol Lt Col Surapong Selarit, deputy commander of Kong Krailart police station, was summoned to the scene at 6am on Tuesday.
Sawan’s sister Sawaeng Tabklai, 63, heard her brother calling for help and saw him struggling in the snake’s coils. By the time neighbours arrived to help, he was already dead from suffocation.
The snake was captured and will be released back to the wild.
Sawaeng said Sawan had caught the reptile only a few days earlier. She believed it bit his hand as he was feeding it in its holding jar.