Thailand Snake Note: Henning

I met this guy “Henning” through this site – he sent me an email requesting ID of a juvenile snake that we figured out after a couple days… a juvenile sunbeam snake. Now we’ve been writing back and forth many times and I’ve come to know him a little bit.

Henning is from Norway. He’s here in Thailand about 6 months out of the year.

Henning is an obsessed snake hunter – more than me. The guy puts more hours in snake hunting than anyone else in the country while he’s here. That is no exaggeration. The guy is phenomenal. He’s out in the field 12 hours per day sometimes!

He finds lots of snakes – he’s always sending me photos of what he found recently – even NOW when the weather is bad for snakes – he’s finding them. The guy has incredible luck – but, he’s tenacious. He keeps going until he gets the snake.

Early on – he got sprayed by a spitting cobra while hunting snakes in the jungle. He got a video of it too – one of the only videos on Youtube of such a thing. He ended up rinsing out his eye and getting to the hospital – they cleaned it – and he’s OK. Said it burned like hell though!

Henning’s spitting cobra got him in the eye video ->

While you’re at it – check out this slow motion video of this cobra spitting – DAMN.

Henning is in and around the Hua Hin area.

If you have a wicked craving to catch snakes in that area – hook up with him and go find some. I don’t think you’ll find someone that is more energetic and better at finding them than he is.

Now wait… that’s not all.

Henning is reckless as all hell. He was catching cobras before he knew what they were. Currently he’s trying to tame a Naja kouthia – monocled cobra – so he can hand hold it. I have warned him MANY times – and yet, the guy is not easily talked out of what he wants to do.

If you go with him on a snake hunt – don’t do like he does…! But do bring a video camera!


He’s reading this I know – so I can joke about him and I think he’ll be OK with it.

If you want to go drunk snake hunting THAT is Henning’s specialty!

Seriously – the guy sounds like great fun – and if your passion is Thailand snakes and you live in or will be in that area of the country and want to go herping with him – let me know and I’ll put you in touch with him!

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.

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