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Photos: Cobra blood and rooster heads for US marines in Thailand


Snake handler Subhendu Malllik holds up an Indian baby cobra hatchling after it emerged from an egg on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on June 21, 2011. The Indian cobra (naja naja) is a venomous snake indigenous to South Asia, found across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.



When they aren't staging mock beach assaults, US marines at ongoing war games in Thailand are sucking down snake blood and decapitating roosters.

US-Thai forces are now holding Cobra Gold, among the world's largest military exercises.

Following custom, American marines indulged in a bit of Thai-style survival training involving cobras yesterday.

This exercise ended poorly for the cobras.

One marine decided to wear the cobra's skin as a bandana as he nibbled its guts. (Was that cobra pregnant?)

This rooster didn't fare much better.

And these guys are just eating delicious crickets. Vendors sell bags of these for about 60 cents all over Bangkok. Not hardcore enough.

That's more like it!

All photos shot by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul from AFP/Getty.