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[Last Updated: 7 August 2020]

Thailand Snakes (ประเทศไทยงู) is a resource to help people in Thailand identify some of the 220+ snake species in the country. We are adding pages and updating information constantly, but you may find mistakes occasionally. If you find what you think to be an error, would you let us know by Contacting Us?

I’ve lived in Thailand for 15 years and have had thousands of contacts with snakes over this time. I typically find and study venomous and non-venomous snakes in Thailand, but I also enjoy learning more about other reptiles, insects, and other wildlife and plants in the kingdom.

There are more than 200 snake species in Thailand (terrestrial and marine), with 60+ being called venomous at the present moment. There are 35 venomous and potentially deadly terrestrial snakes in Thailand. I wrote a book to identify them all here. Nearly all snakes have venom of sorts, though some snakes do not have a proper venom delivery system to easily inject venom into their prey. The ‘venom delivery system’ means fangs attached to a venom sac.

Some venomous snakes in Thailand are “mildly venomous” which means they are not likely to affect human beings even if their bite injects venom under the skin. The venom may still do its job of immobilizing smaller prey like rodents, birds, and other reptiles. Some 35 Thailand land snakes have a potentially deadly bite. Again, here is the book that covers them.

This site will help you figure out which snakes are dangerous to you and which are harmless. If you haven’t downloaded our FREE ebook, click the title below to join for free and get your free copy now while they are still free – “Photos of Common Thailand Snakes.”

Your first action upon being bitten by a snake you are not 100% sure is non-venomous – is to find someone to transport you to the hospital. There are enough venomous snakes in Thailand that can kill you that it makes sense to immediately go to the hospital for possible treatment of symptoms. Identifying the snake is crucial because treating bites properly requires a good ID of the snake that bit you.

Here are some recommendations for what to do in case of snakebite in Thailand: Bitten By A Snake?

To identify a snake pay particular attention to:

1. Color
2. Size – length and thickness – compare to your finger, wrist for thickness.
3. Patterns of color or geometric patterns.
4. Size of head compared to neck… is head MUCH bigger or just about same size as neck?
5. Where you were exactly when you found it – in jungle? Swimming?

At the hospital, they’ll sort it out – and hopefully, have photos you can choose from. Do be careful not to consent to receive any antivenin or other treatment until symptoms are evident. Many bites are ‘dry’ and no venom, or very little venom, is injected. You would not want to start receiving antivenin for a dry bite, because if you are allergic to it – and some people are – this can turn into a life-threatening matter all its own.

Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital for ANY snakebite because you’ll probably want to get a tetanus shot if you’re not up to date. The fangs of snakes can penetrate deeply into the tissue, and require Tetanus shots.

The bite from a king cobra or monocled cobra can kill you in less than an hour. A good bite can be deadly in as little as 10 minutes. Have someone rush you to the hospital.

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Jeffrey Favre
10 years ago

I live in Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakarn. I live on a compound with many houses around. There is a large canal outside our driveway. It is still tropical and near the rivers edge. This last rain session brought out some snakes in our garden/noodleshop. I collected and released a 6 inch green/chinese viper. Heart shaped head and tip od tail had brown. The next day I got a (I think) a 6 inch phython. Head and body match. I took a photo of that one but do not know where or how to identify. I’m an ole Virginia mountain boy (55) and know the rules of the road with snakes. I rock climbed in California for 16 years and met a few wonderful snakes. Please let me know how I can get this snake identified. Thanks….Khun Jeffrey

lester hersh
5 years ago

I live in the usa but my wife is Thai and her family had a 2 month old calf. If bitten by a snake will it die over night.

Johann Coetzer
4 years ago

Good day.
I need some help please.
We have many snakes at our local Temple and I am looking for snake tongs.
We are in Nakhon Pathom. I live in Salaya. Could you please tell me where you are situated or where I can find the closest dealer that might carry stock of the tongs.
Thanking you.
Kind regards.
Johann

Bernd-Joerg Langelotz
1 year ago

Hi Vern, yesterday I signed up for your newsletter and downloaded the e-book. Thanks for the very informative book.

I live close to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in a rather rural area, where I encounter many snakes in my yard, big ones and small ones.

I finally was able to identify a snake my Rottweiler killed last week, which puzzled me. Turned out it was an Oriental Rat Snake. About 2m long and nearly 2kg heavy.

Please allow me one comment, the Kukri snakes appear to have a defense against predators you did not mention. My dog killed a big one in the past, but he was in discomfort doing so, he started to drool and showed signs slight pain. I read somewhere, those snakes either defecate or vomit as defense. Perhaps you know more and could add this to you book description?

Another matter, you describe the prongs used by yourself. Not easy to buy this or any other brand here. Do you have any experience or comment on the prongs offered on ebay, usually priced around 20+ dollars? I’d love to buy a set, as the wife is afraid to handle the snakes encountered, usually dead, but nevertheless frightening to her. In 6 years living at our place, our Rottweiler killed more than 70 snakes. Can’t blame him, sometimes he even rescued chickens from Pythons that tried to have them for a meal.

Thanks again. Keep up the good work!

Best,
Joerg

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