300+ Snakes Identified at Thailand Snakes (.com)

In a way, I’m getting hammered with requests to identify snakes in Thailand. I think someone has to do it, and I’m glad I can help. I’m sure I’m wrong occasionally, but, for the most part the snakes are easy to identify from photos sent to my email account.

If you don’t have a photo you can still fill out this Snake ID Form to identify your snake. I didn’t count any of the 450+ form submissions and my replies as snakes I’ve identified, because really it’s an unknown without looking at the images directly. Even then – it’s sometimes guesswork.

Identify Snakes in Thailand Before You Pick Them Up

Just a warning to those that also love snakes. Please don’t pick up and hold a snake when you are not 100% sure of the exact species of snake it is. There are scores of venomous snakes in Thailand – some of which can kill you in under 10 minutes. It does not take a really strong bite to inject enough venom to cause you a very serious medical emergency. I have received about 10 photos over the last year of people holding a snake, and then asking me to identify the snake.

PLEASE DON’T DO THAT.

Even snakes that haven’t traditionally been called “Venomous” though in fact they are (Colobrids), can hurt or kill you with the right bite. Take into account also that your body could go into anaphylactic shock as the venom hits the blood stream and the body fights against it as it does an allergic reaction. Conceivably, if you’re allergic to the venom – you could die within a minute or so from an adverse allergic reaction to the venom – and that’s ANY venom, that which is considered dangerous to man, and that which isn’t normally considered dangerous.

Stay safe – this is the peak of the snake season. Keep your eyes open and get some photos when it’s safe to do so!

About Vern Lovic

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.

5 thoughts on “300+ Snakes Identified at Thailand Snakes (.com)”

  1. Hello,

    I saw a snake today in Lumpini Park in Bangkok. It was slithering very slowly and ungracefully on the asphalt almost as if it belonged in the water. It was dark colored and what really stood out was that it’s whole body was the same diameter in particular the tail. It was hard to see which end was it’s head.

    Thanks for the help!

    Nick

  2. It was about 16 inches long. It was night time so I couldn’t get a great look at it but I’m pretty sure it was uninjured. The head as well as the entire body were the same diameter. About the same diameter as a man’s finger.

    Thanks

    Nick

  3. That is it for sure. It was dark out and difficult to see which end was the head. Very small eyes ant tongue.

    Thanks, Nice job!

    Nick

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