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Worst Snake To Be Bitten By in Thailand? The King Cobra.

King Cobra - Worst Snake to be Bitten By in Thailand. Death can occur in 10 minutes.

This is a tough call there are many snakes that can kill you within an hour if you can’t get medical care.

I guess the King Cobra, if it got a good bite on you – would be the worst. I have a friend who lost his little brother (adult brother) to a King bite on the chest that killed him in just 10 minutes.

If you are allergic to the venom of the snake that bites you, death could come even sooner. Some snake experts recommend carrying around a Ventolin inhaler that people use for asthma treatment. If bitten by a venomous snake in Thailand you may start losing your breath. That’s when to take a spray.

I always have one with me – I am slightly asthmatic so, in this case it’s a good thing.

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All posts by Vern Lovic. Amateur herpetologist roaming about Thailand on field herping trips to find cobras, kraits, coral snakes, and other snakes native to Thailand. Thailand has over 200 snake species with many of them venomous.

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5 Responses to “Worst Snake To Be Bitten By in Thailand? The King Cobra.”

  1. rob says:


    It’s been interesting reading on your site trying to find out what the snakes were i cycled past on a recent trip, maybe you can help.

    I was cycling back from Si Sawat to Kanchanaburi last week, and almost cycled over maybe a 7 foot snake.

    It was pretty stunning looking, i think a kind of triangular shape throughout and it was striped along its body. The stripes were a dark orange and a dark grey.

    It freaked me out a bit but sped off as I noticed it about a few feet in front. I was going uphill and was acknowledging some motocyclists saying hi and then looked down and spotted it at last minute.

    Saw a few others but this one struck me.

    Any ideas i’d be keen to know,


    • Vern says:

      Hi Rob, thanks for writing.

      It sounds like you ran across a rare mix of two different snakes – the Reticulated Python has what might be considered a triangle pattern, and is stunning. The other snake is the copperheaded racer – a rat snake, that has stripes like you describe. I’m joking of course – there is no mixed snake like this, but I can’t for the life of me guess which one you saw based on your descript. Can you answer a couple more Q’s?

      Overall color? Thickness? The python would be about as big as your forearm. The rat snake as big as 4 fingers together. Was it moving fast or slow?

      • rob says:

        Hi there, sorry for such a late reply, must have hit my spam box or something if answered comments get sent to recipient.

        Anyway, yes, it was thicker than my forearm, if not thicker. Definitely triangular, flat at the bottom, triangulating at the top. Yes, it moved super fast as did a back turn in the cycle lane which you get in Thailand.

        I’d say maybe 5ft but it was in an S formation so difficult to tell.

        Something similar but the lines were more equal:

        And definitely thicker.

  2. Bryun D says:

    I was pressure washing the stone wall in my garden and decided to clean the PVC pipes that allow the excess water to seep out when the soil is heavy with rain. After taking a break I went back to admire my work and seen what I thought was a large crack in the wall. On closer inspection it turned out to be a metre long snake. I decided to take a closer look as I was fascinated by it but my wife kept calling me away. I got the normal hose out to wash it off the wall and was surprised to see it fall to the ground and then rear up… was a king cobra!!!! Amazing and awesome sight to see but now I make sure to wear my wellies in the garden.


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