When visiting Thailand on vacation or for a long-term stay there are certain snakes you are likely to see and others that you will probably never see, even if you’re looking very hard to find them. For instance, an uncommon snake is one of the coral snakes. I have only seen one coral snake crossing a highway between Surat and Krabi – and I was lucky to see that.
Some of the common snakes you’ll see in Thailand (if you’re lucky!) are snakes like:
Radiated Rat Snake (Copperheaded Racer) – These are very common and may even qualify as the most commonly seen snake in Thailand. Non-venomous, not dangerous except they are big biters! Many small teeth. A bite can hurt and get infected.
Red Neck Keelback – Brightly colored snakes that become more so when agitated. Were previously considered non-venomous, not dangerous until someone let one bite down and chew for over 2 minutes he almost died.
Other Keelback snakes – Keelbacks are very common ground snakes and love water. You might see them in the water or on the ground moving around. Keelbacks in Thailand are not very dangerous, but you wouldn’t want to let one bite down for more than a second. Remove immediately – even if you have to hurt the snake to do so.
Golden Tree Snake – very common and they love eating geckos so you may see one by your dwelling. In particular they love a big Tokay Gecko for dinner. Mildly dangerous venom – don’t let it bite down for a long time and you’ll likely be fine. These snakes do traverse across the ground but quickly find a tree when threatened.
Bronzeback Snakes – these are great climbers, I first saw one as it came over my 6 foot concrete wall in the back of the house in Surat. Very thin snakes, not that afraid of humans. Bite quickly – as you might guess from the photo, but in all honesty I’m holding his tail – so it’s to be expected! Non-venomous, not dangerous.
Oriental Whip Snakes – very common, and usually found in trees, but the last two I found were on the ground probably hunting frogs. The bright fluorescent greens in this snake are awesome, yes? These are mildly dangerous if a long bite occurs. So, don’t let it occur.
Malayan Pit Viper – very dangerous, venom is deadly. Kills more people in Thailand than any other snake. Bites fast. Lazy to get out of the way if you’re walking toward it, usually just lays still. Always found at ground level.
Green Cat Snake – almost 2 meters long when fully grown, and resembling the vipers – except it’s too long to be a viper. Be very careful with any green snake as there are many vipers with strong venom that are green and look very similar to this one. This Green Cat Snake is harmless, and didn’t even try to bite as I interacted with it.