Vipers

Banded Pit Viper – Popeia fucatus. Brown-spotted Pit Viper (Beautiful Viper) – Cryptelytrops venustus. Clouded Pit Viper – Popeia nebularis. Gumprecht’s Green Pit Viper – Viridovipera gumprechti. Hagen’s Pit Viper – Parias hageni. Kanburi Pit Viper – Cryptelytrops kanburiensis. Large-eyed Pit Viper – Cryptelytrops macrops. Malayan Pit Viper – Calloselasma rhodostoma. Mangrove Pit Viper – Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus. Mountain Pit Viper … Continue reading Vipers

Mock Viper – Venomous – Not Dangerous

Psammodynastes pulverulentus (Mock Viper, Dusky Mock Viper, Common Mock Viper) Thais say: ngoo mok Length: average about 75 cm (28 inches) Range: All over Thailand and southeast Asia including Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam – even getting over to Nepal and the other way, Taiwan. Habitat: Typically the mock vipers enjoy hilly regions. I found one at a … Continue reading Mock Viper – Venomous – Not Dangerous

Malayan Pit Viper – Venomous – Very Dangerous

Calloselasma rhodostoma (Malayan Pit Viper, Malaysian Pit Viper) Thais say: Ngoo gap pa Length: Usually less than 1 meter. Female Malayan Pit Vipers are the larger and fatter snakes. Males of the species don’t make it to 1 meter long. Range: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Java, Sumatra, Malaysia, Vietnam, Burma, and China. Notes: These vipers are … Continue reading Malayan Pit Viper – Venomous – Very Dangerous

Brown-Spotted Green Pit Viper – Venomous – Mildly Dangerous

Cryptelytrops venustus previously Trimeresurus venustus – (Brown-spotted Green Pit Viper, Beautiful Pit Viper) Length: average 40-70 cm Range: Chumpon to Krabi Province in Thailand. I have found them in Krabi and Surat Thani provinces. Notes: I found this one in the picture on a small hill at a Buddhist temple on a hill next to … Continue reading Brown-Spotted Green Pit Viper – Venomous – Mildly Dangerous

Recent Snake Bites in Thailand – King Cobra and Malayan Pit Viper

Here’s a bit of news out of Krabi province. Just in the last month I’ve come across two people that were bitten by two of the worst snakes in the country, in all of the world really. The first case was almost expected. I mean, you work with deadly snakes everyday, multiple times each day, … Continue reading Recent Snake Bites in Thailand – King Cobra and Malayan Pit Viper

Wagler’s Pit Viper – Venomous – Dangerous

Tropidolaemus wagleri Also called: Wagler’s Pit viper; temple viper; bamboo snake; speckled pit viper. Thais say: ngoo keow took geh Length: Average length of 60 cm. Male smaller than female. Female maximum length at 100 cm. Range: Southern Thailand south of Khao Sok National Park, Suratthani province. Other countries: West Malaysia; Indonesia; Philippines. There is … Continue reading Wagler’s Pit Viper – Venomous – Dangerous

Mangrove Pit Viper on Koh Samui

This photo comes from a reader that was writing postcards in her bungalow on the island of Koh Phi Phi, in Thailand’s Krabi province when she noticed a Mangrove Pit Viper (Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus) near her foot! This is not the snake you want near your foot, as they are heat-sensing, and some are known to be … Continue reading Mangrove Pit Viper on Koh Samui

Couple of Vipers – Wagler’s and Malayan Pit Viper

Here are a couple photos of pit vipers from southern Thailand. These are both wicked fast biters, and I never get close enough to have one tag me. That means I never grab them by the back of the head. I’m not force-feeding them, or removing eye-caps, so I don’t get involved in touching them. … Continue reading Couple of Vipers – Wagler’s and Malayan Pit Viper

Indo-Malayan Mountain Pit Viper – Venomous – Dangerous

[Photo credit and 2011 Copyright – Stewart King, used with permission.] Name: Indo-Malayan Mountain Pit Viper, Mountain Pit Viper, Blotched Pit Viper, Mountain Iron-head Snake, Chinese Mountain Pit Viper Sci Name: Ovophis monticola convictus Length: Males are about 1/2 meter and females are typically just over 1 meter. Description: Short stubby snakes with large (in … Continue reading Indo-Malayan Mountain Pit Viper – Venomous – Dangerous