Screaming tourist unimpressed by snake charmer’s giant python

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A not-so-charming snake handler was arrested on animal-cruelty charges after placing a python around the neck of an unwitting tourist at a Pattaya beer bar.

Tourist police were alerted by screams from the Walking Street bar May 4 where Ekkapong Jamkamol, 37, had put the reptile on a woman without her permission.

Ekkapong told police he sells photo opportunities with the giant snake for 150 baht each. But he admitted sneaking up on the foreign woman.

He was arrested for breaking the new animal-cruelty law and the snake was taken from him and given to the Banglamung Wildlife Breeding Station.

Ekkapong Jamkamol has been charged with animal cruelty.  The snake was given to the Banglamung Wildlife Breeding Station.