Bangkok, a sprawling megalopolis of 15 million people, is built on a delta of swamps. It’s an Asian Venice… infested with reptiles. From the 4-meter-long albino python, to the monitor lizards, those huge lizards that intrude everywhere in the city. Firefighters are no longer enough, so volunteer residents have formed. Like a 55-year-old taxi driver met by our team, who has become a volunteer reptile hunter.
Each year, nearly 7,000 Thais are bitten by reptiles. But the first victims are the poorest. In recent years, asphalting and modern towers have chased the snakes from the wealthy neighborhoods… which have migrated to the more modest ones.