There are more than 200 species of snake in Thailand, with maybe as many as 100 being venomous (some say ‘poisonous’) and some of those, quite deadly.
This site will help you figure out which snakes are dangerous to you and which are harmless.
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.
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 in 10 minutes. Rush to the hospital.
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