Snake FAQ

Here I’ll answer common questions about the snakes of Thailand.

What should I do if bitten by a snake in Thailand?

1. Remember as much about the snake as you can and get to the hospital immediately. Snakes are very hard to identify. Some Thailand snakes can kill you in as little as 10 minutes with a good bite.
2. Don’t waste time sitting around waiting for symptoms to arise before going to the hospital. Minutes are crucial with venomous snakes.
3. If you can’t get to a hospital yourself, look at the emergency phone numbers in the upper right of this page.

How common are venomous snakes in Thailand?

Very, very common.

Where are most venomous snakes located in Thailand?

They are literally all over Thailand. Many of the venomous snakes here in Thailand call vast stretches of Asia their home.

Should I kill all the snakes I see around my house?

No, for 2 reasons.

1. The snake may kill you first.
2. There are Thai snake guys in every town that can take the snake away for you without killing it. Reach them by having a Thai person call the police and asking them to send the snake guys to your location.

How strong is the venom of Thailand snakes?

Very strong in some cases. A king cobra has killed an elephant with one bite. A king cobra killed a man in southern Thailand in less than 10 minutes. A baby krait less than 10 inches long, in Burma (same as we have in Thailand) killed a world famous herpetologist – Joe Slowinski in 30 hours because he couldn’t reach a hospital with a ventilator.

Which is the most deadly snake in Thailand?

The krait’s venom is the strongest for humans. It acts on the nervous system, killing the nerve impulses. This paralyzes muscles and eventually causes repiratory failure. You are very, very unlikely to see a krait in Thailand.

Which Thailand snake kills the most people?

The Malayan Pit Viper kills more people in Thailand than any other. Another very dangerous snake is the Russell’s Viper which is found in certain parts of Thailand. Russell’s vipers kill more people worldwide than any other snake on the planet.

What should I do if I encounter a snake in the forest?

If it is on the ground and you are close to it – within 1 meter, you should very slowly move back away from it. Cobras like to strike when you are backing away fast. If you go slow enough that they cannot tell you are backing away – you’ll probably be OK.

If it is green and in a tree you should move back quickly from it. Vipers have heat sensing organs that will trigger the snake to bite automatically sometimes if it senses you are hot.


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Thailand Snakes


Cobras in the HOUSE!

Welcome to Thailand Snakes…

Thailand has 200+ snake species with over 60 of them - venomous. I created this site as a way to educate Thais and visitors to Thailand about snakes. Many people kill the snakes they see in Thailand, while in many cases - they are non-venomous and completely harmless. With this site I hope to give people a better idea what is harmful and what isn't.

Browse the many snake photos and videos here so you can identify snakes you see on your porch, in your bed, or underfoot.

If you have been bitten by a snake - go to a hospital FIRST. Don't waste time looking it up on the internet. With some snakes you need to have medical help as fast as possible. With others you have some time. I know a Thai man whose brother died in less than 10 minutes from a snake bite.

There are venomous (some say 'poisonous' erroneously) snakes everywhere in Thailand. Friends have had cobras in their kitchen, and others had kraits in the garage. Vipers love bushes and trees near water and walkways.

Bookmark this site so you can quickly identify snakes you have seen. Notice the variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes in Thailand - and realize that they come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns.

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