In the ponds and rice paddies of the Cambodian countryside, trying to catch frogs can be deadly. Along Cambodia’s rivers, floodlands and lowlands live millions of venomous snakes, 10 species of which can be lethal if you disturb their slumber. Last week, a 13-year-old teenager from Kompong Chhnang province’s Boribor district became the 14th recorded victim of a snakebite this year, local police said—though accurate figures remain hard to come by since many snakebite victims do not seek treatment at hospitals. “The boy and his friend went to catch frogs in the evening. He didn’t look carefully, stepped
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