I am a snake enthusiast interested in finding venomous and non-venomous snakes in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries for shooting video and photos.
There are more than 200 snake species in Thailand (terrestrial and marine), with 60+ being called venomous at the present moment. In truth, nearly all snakes have venom of sorts, though some snakes do not have a proper venom delivery system to get it into their prey. The ‘venom delivery system’ means fangs attached to a venom sac. Some venomous snakes in Thailand are “mildly venomous” which means they are not likely to affect human beings even if their bite injects venom under the skin. Their venom may still do its job of immobilizing smaller prey like rodents, birds, and other reptiles. Some Thailand snakes have a potentially deadly bite.
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Your first action upon being bitten by a snake you are not 100% sure of – is to rush to the hospital. There are enough venomous snakes in Thailand that can kill you that it makes sense to immediately go to the hospital for possible treatment. Identifying the snake is crucial because each treatment is highly specific and requires a good ID of the snake that bit you.
To identify a snake pay particular attention to:
2. Size – length and thickness – compare to your finger, wrist for thickness.
3. Patterns of color or geometric patterns.
4. Size of head compared to neck… is head MUCH bigger or just about same size as neck?
5. Where you were exactly when you found it – in jungle? Swimming?
At the hospital they’ll sort it out – and hopefully have photos you can choose from. Do be careful not to receive any anti-venin or other treatment until symptoms are evident. Many bites are ‘dry’ and no venom, or very little venom, is injected. You would not want to start receiving antivenin for a dry bite, because if you are allergic to it – and some people are – this can turn into a life-threatening matter all its own.
Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital for ANY snakebite because you’ll probably want to get a tetanus shot if you’re not up to date. The fangs of snakes can bite deeply into the tissue, and require Tetanus shots.
The bite from a baby king cobra or monocled cobra can kill you in less than an hour. A good bite can be deadly in as little as 10 minutes. Have someone rush you to the hospital.
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