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Thailand Snake Identification Requests Way Down

The snake ID link on the right side column of this site is for anyone that wants to find out what snake they saw in Thailand during their stay.

Sometimes I can figure out what snake it is by the information given, and sometimes (usually) it’s a guess between a few different snakes. I’m not infallible of course, but I think it’s worth the effort to help allay fears that most people have over the snakes they saw.

Most of the time (85%+) the snake that is seen and reported through the Snake ID form – is probably not dangerous to humans. Rarely is it deadly.

By far, the greatest help is photos of the snake you saw. Send them to me at the email address listed on the right column. If you have time, and can do it safely – take a full body shot, take a head closeup from top and side. Estimate the length and thickness as best you can. Don’t forget to tell where exactly you found the snake – habitat and Thailand province.

The number of snake ID submissions went down a lot over the past week, while traffic on Thailand Snakes websites grew. This is the slow season for seeing snakes across the country. It’s getting colder and a lot of snakes are in a sort of hibernation. Not really inactive, but much less active unless they are mating.

On the other hand, I’ve been finding a lot of snakes lately. Apologies for not being able to post everything, I just have a lot of other projects to work on. Snakes are my fun time project. I don’t get all that much time for fun. If I have time – I go look for snakes, I don’t write about them here much.

If you have snake ID requests – check out this link:

Thailand Snake ID Form

Cheers,

Vern

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Snake ID Reader Submission – Green Cat Snake

Boiga cyanea - green cat snake on beach in Thailand

Boiga cyanea - green cat snake or Oriental Whip Snake - Ahaetulla prasina - photo credit: Geoff Deady

Geoff Deady sent this great photo of a snake on the beach in Chumphon to have identified.

I called it a Green Cat Snake.

At least that’s what I called it. He said it was about a meter long and 2-3 fingers thick with a reddish tail.

The coloring of the top – and light yellow of the belly make me think – green cat snake (Boiga cyanea). However, if you look at the head it looks like Oriental Whip Snake – Ahaetulla prasina – yes? The thin neck is also more whip snakish – but, the green cat snakes also have a very thin neck near the head.

Green cat snakes have almost viper-like heads when looked at from above, but from the side – more like this. But maybe thicker.

The other thing that makes me think green cat snake is because I have never seen Oriental Whip Snakes near ocean. Green cat snakes – all sorts of cat snakes – yes.

Anyone else want to guess it’s a different snake?

Send your Thailand snake photos in and I’ll attempt to identify them. If I can’t – I’ll leave it to you to figure out.

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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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