Category Archives: Thailand readers snake photos

Thailand Snake Photos – Indochinese Sand Snake

Brown snake with tan stripes, the Indochinese sand snake in Thailand
Psammophis condanarus indochinensis

Sent by Paul Donatus, this is an Indochinese Sand Snake that are common in the Chiang Mai – northern region of Thailand.

Personally, I’ve never seen one in southern Thailand, alive, or dead on the side of the road – so I think we don’t have them down here. They attain lengths of about 1 meter. They They eat frogs, smooth scaled lizards / geckos and even other snakes on occasion so reports one keeper.

Indochinese Sand Snake Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Psammophis
Species: P. condanarus
Binomial name: Psammophis condanarus

Thailand has such diversity among snakes. There are over 200 species of snake living in the country. It’s always exciting to find one I don’t know – and have never seen. Always a bit strange handling them – not knowing, is it venomous and toxic to people, or not?

Keep in mind, I don’t pick up a snake I don’t know with my hands – but when I say “handling” I usually mean on the end of a snake hook, or with snake tongs.

A very cool snake, and apparently Paul has more photos to send. Will get them up as time permits.

Thanks Paul for introducing me to the Indochinese Sand Snake!

Thailand Snake Photos – Golden Tree Snake in Bangkok

Golden tree snake, Bangkok, Thailand. Copyright Rich Lindie, used with permission.
Golden Tree Snake - Copyright, Rich Lindie, used with permission.

Another reader submission – Rich Lindie found this near his apartment in Bangkok, on a palm tree it appears.

These golden tree snakes are very common all over Thailand. In fact, they might be Thailand’s most common snake. They are often found in the leaves of palms, and climbing up the trunk of palm trees. They also love vines and sometimes fences.

These snakes have a diet that consists of nearly everything that moves – but they really love geckos, and in particular – the big Tokay Geckos.

These snakes bite quickly – but their venom is not very toxic to humans. I have been bitten numerous times by these snakes, and as long as you don’t let them hold on and clamp down for a while – the venom shouldn’t affect you.

Beautiful snake – right?

Thanks Rich!

Thailand Snake Photos – Twin Barred Tree Snake

Chrysopelea Pelias – Twin-Barred Tree Snake

This is a rarely seen tree snake in Thailand that is quite beautiful.

Franz Schmidberger sent this snake photo to me – THANKS Franz!

Twin Barred Tree Snake - Chrysolopea pelias - rare Thailand snake.
Twin-Barred Tree Snake

These snakes are just like the golden tree snake and paradise tree snake but with a different coloring better for blending in with the dirt and leaves, as you see in the photo.

If you have any photos to share of Thailand snakes you’ve seen – send ’em!

Thailand Snake Photos – Copperheaded Racer Rat Snake

Coelognathus radiatus. Copperheaded Racer / Radiated Rat Snake

This one was sent to me from Ron Green in Bangkok, Thailand. He caught a rat snake up in a tree. I guess you can find them almost anywhere. They are definitely one of the most common Thailand snakes you could see if you visit here.

Copperheaded Racer - a Rat Snake in a Bangkok Thailand Tree
Beautiful Copperheaded Racer – about 2 meters Ron said.

Here is a fact page about Coelognathus radiatus.

Send your Thailand Snake Photos in, and we’ll publish them here.

Thailand Snake Photos – Small Spotted Coral Snake

Thailand found Small Spotted Coral Snake - Calliophis maculiceps

Calliophis maculiceps. Small spotted Coral Snake.

This is another reader submission from Kevin Shupe in Cape Panwa, Phuket. He was doing some yard work and inadvertently killed this cool little snake with a shovel or hoe. Hence the reason for no head shot!

These are subterranean snakes for the most part. They are out and about during September and October for breeding – and then, you usually won’t see any unless you’re walking around overturned ground. They eat worms primarily. They have a very small mouth and I couldn’t find any instances of envenomation in man, but they are coral snakes and should be given some respect if you find one.

Thailand found Small Spotted Coral Snake - Calliophis maculiceps - belly - underside

The amazing thing is the belly of the snake – I never knew it had that coloration. Like a gecko that lost it’s tail and it regrew all funky colored.

If you find any snakes in Thailand – get some photos and send them here – I’ll publish them with your credit and story if you have one.

Cheers,

Vern

Snake Photos – Golden Tree Snake and Reticulated Python

Here are two Thailand snake photos by reader, Kevin Shupe, from Cape Panwa, Phuket.

The first is a Golden Tree Snake, Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima. These snakes glide through the air – they can jump off a tree on a cliff and glide down to the ground. One got away from me yesterday by jumping off the stand he was on. Great snakes. Common. Cool colors. Venomous, but not very toxic to humans.

Golden tree snake in Thailand - Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima

The second is a reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus). I didn’t add retics to the Snake Poll on the right column there – as one of the most common snakes. I maybe should have. I think I will. See how the retic needs just the smallest ledge to put itself over… balancing on it? In the jungle they are often sitting just like this on a small limb – one you wouldn’t think they’d be sitting on.

Reticulated Python perched above door in Phuket