See Marines handle tarantulas and vipers to be ready to fight in the jungle

  • Thai and US Marines confronted deadly jungle creatures in survival training in Thailand.

  • Exercise Cobra Gold demonstrated skills to Marines to help endure harsh jungle environments.

  • Animal rights activists slammed the past exercises that involved Marines drinking cobra blood.

US Marines came face-to-face with deadly jungle critters in a survival training in Thailand last month.

The training was part of a larger US-Thai annual military drill called Exercise Cobra Gold, which aims to promote “collaboration to enhance regional stability” in the Indo-Pacific.

The world’s longest-running multinational military exercise

Royal Thai Marine instructors discuss poisonous vines with US Marines during a jungle survival demonstration

Royal Thai Marine instructors discuss poisonous vines with US Marines during a jungle survival demonstration at Exercise Cobra Gold in Sattahip, Chonburi province, Thailand.US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Patrick Katz

First established in 1982, Cobra Gold is the world’s longest-running multinational military exercise.

“Cobra Gold provides a platform to refine our strategies, test our readiness, and cultivate the friendships that are the foundation of effective multinational cooperation,” Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commanding general of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said at the training event’s opening ceremony.

“It’s an honor to be part of this robust multinational force dedicated to promoting our shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific.”

The largest joint exercise in mainland Asia

A Royal Thai Marine instructor shows the fangs of a venomous spider

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