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
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
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
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
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
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
I showed a video at youtube (here) of a Malayan Pit Viper striking a mouse behind it – very fast. You can’t see how quickly the mouse dies, because the snake never let go of it. I saw it, being there up close, and I could have sworn it was dead in seconds. I just … Continue reading Malayan Pit Viper Venom – Acts Fast!
[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
Thailand Pit Viper (Temple Viper) Sent in from Emilios Kattides, this lovely Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) was seen on the island of Phuket, Thailand on a rope within the grounds of a temple.
A reader, Jeremy Gatten, sent this photo (used with permission) of a green pit viper he found one night while looking for owls near Wat Tham Pha Plong near Chiang Dao in Thailand’s north. I was thinking it was. He had squatted down to rest and heard a little rustle in the brush – and … Continue reading Thailand Snake Photos – Green Pit Viper