Contact

My name is Vern Lovic (email below), I’m a snake enthusiast living in Southern Thailand. I’m interested in snakes, other reptiles, and many other wildlife species found in Thailand and across Asia. I enjoy taking photos and videos, but I don’t keep snakes.

I added some information here from a number of resources, and a lot of my own personal experience.

Note – Some information found on the pages of ThailandSnakes.com will be outdated, and some will be incorrect. Every effort was made to ensure factual information, but as it happens the information contained on these pages is not without error. I am in good company though because I have not found any snake resource to be infallible. If you see something wrong – feel free to let me know.

If you need a snake identified – use THIS Snake ID Form.

If you want to talk to me about a snake project, herping field trip, eco-photography trip, technical paper, or a visit to Thailand – write me at:

Email address for ThailandSnakes.com

Cheers!

Vern L.

35 thoughts on “Contact”

  1. I have snakes in my house and I don’t like them. I live near the beach in pattaya by green kind of area a lot of construction near us. Every day birds have been disapearing and I saw one on the balcony swollowing a bird and birds have been falling off trees. I was skate boarding in my house and my board went into the bush and I heard hising at me than ran and slitherd away there green and pretty small. I’m thinking its a bird pit viper but you could still get bit.

    1. Pit vipers are quick to bite yeah. I don’t know any that hiss. However, the Russell’s Viper hisses and you do NOT want to get by that deadly snake. Cheers man, Vern

  2. I do not succeed in downloading your eBook on my Windows PC and I am already registered.
    Can you help me with advice please?
    Sincere greetigns

    1. It doesn’t work for people using VPN sometimes. If you’re on that, use another computer to follow the link to download the book. I haven’t had anyone else other than VPN users tell me they couldn’t download the book. :) Good luck to you…

  3. Hi Vern, Thanks for responding regarding finding an editor for my book.

    It is a general book about travel. It’s not about sex in Thailand or anywhere else. It is a non-fiction book to motivate a person to travel, the mechanics of traveling cheaply and safely. I go into detail about diseases, drugs, things that can sting you, or worse that one may encounter. It is entitled: “Follow the Road that Awaits You. Your Extensive Guide to Intensive Travel”. It is my first book. I don’t expect tons of money to roll in from it but at 370 plus pages with no fluff or photos, I am hopeful that at least a few people will buy it. I probably will be finished writing it in about 2 weeks.

    Yes, please, I would like to contact her to see if she would be interested in editing it.

    Thanks Vern.

    Regards,
    Ken Anderson

    1. Wow, that’s a big book Ken, congrats on being able to persevere through writing that. Are you on Facebook at all? I think I’m at VJ Lovic. Not quite sure. lol. Let me know your facebook page and I’ll add you there. My sister is on there and can connect you with her there. If no fb, no worries. Can give her your email. Cheers man! Ok, wait here I am – http://facebook.com/VernJL

  4. Hi Vern,
    Been reading this all morning, currently on Koh Mak, one of my favourite islands,, loved vid of Golden tree snake fighting with Gecks!.. I’ve a few nice photos of those while on my travels a few years ago..
    But I’ve a question for you, it was around 7 years ago and my first trip to Koh Mak, while riding my Scooter past the power plant between the plantations I nearly ran over an appx 4 feet long dirty grey almost black snake… I slowed down as I didn’t want to run over it and was only feet away as it disapeared into the heavy grass beside the plantation.. I’ve seen many Cobras out here, all in captivity and some caught in Isan.. I’ve been told no Cobras on this island but only by a farang.. Is it possible they inhabit Koh Mak.. Thanks for reading
    Mike

  5. The width of the snake was around 3/4 fingers and spotted late afternoon. It didn’t attempt to strike as head was deep in grass as I past.. Hope this helps more.
    Mike on Koh Mak

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  6. Dear Team, of Thailand Snakes,
    Dear Vern,

    Thank you for your efforts and your work, I appreciate your work very much, it is very helpful. I will try to support and help you to become more recognized. Please check https://www.facebook.com/volunt2thai , you are posted there – usually we have a reach of 5-20.000 people from all over the world. I hope that many people can enjoy and value your work.

    Best regards
    Raimund Wagner
    Initiator and Manager of Volunt2Thai อาสาสมัครต่างชาติเรียนรู้วิถีชีวิตของเกษตรกรไทย NGO

  7. Impossible to download the e-book nor the pdf, I tried dozens of times again and again any possible combination. Just it doesn’t work. I have an iPhone. Is asking me to register, but I already registered months ago ! No link to download pdf. Any chance to get the pdf via email ? That would be great !

    1. Hi Francesco, Strange that you’re having a problem – we have had very few people say they could not get the download. What is asking you to register? Shouldn’t be anything. It’s an automatic process. You sign up. The email comes with a link for you to click to download. There isn’t anything that asks you over and over to sign up.

      If you have a VPN this process may not work. Turn it off, or better, use a different computer.

      There have been thousands of downloads and about 5 people who said they couldn’t get it.

      Will send to your email address anyway, I just typed this out so others will have a clue what to do if they cannot download it either.

      Cheers, Vern

  8. Hi Vern

    Last time I was in the western forest complex (Feb 15), I was walking down to a dryish river bed when I saw just the last few feet of a large snake disappear behind some boulders, next minute it came out from the other side of the boulders with head flattened and rising up in the air. Then, when the king cobra saw me it lowered back down and retreated as I did. I thought that maybe it was a female with eggs, as the body was quite fat right down to the tail.

  9. Strange you do not mention the beautiful green Whipsnake. I photographed one in my garden in Pattaya. (If interested in the photo, let me have your e-mail address)

    Best regards

    Felix

  10. Hi Vern, I did see your website and I want to ask you something and hope, that you can help me : I am living in Chiang Mai Sankamphaeng in a huge garden with many big ponds and waterbirds like swans, ducks, Ibis, peacocks, chicken a.s.o. The last 6-8 weeks 3 Ibis, 4 ducks disappeared and 2 black swans who where sitting on their eggs died next to the nest. We – my friends who owned this area – and me are thinking, that it is a big snake who did catch the animals and kill the 2 black swans in the night. Is it possible ? We don´t know what happen. The garden is fenced, so no dogs can come in and it is not possible, that people did take the birds. We never did find any feathers or other remains. If it is a snake, can you give me please an address and phone-no. for calling someone to help us to find the snake ? All happens in the night and we are completely helpless. All 3-5 days an animal disappears. Last night another duck goes missing. We are so sorry about all our nice animals and need really help to find out, what happens.
    My friends Dirk and Carlos and me we would be very thankful if you could help us.
    Kind regards Josefine

  11. Hi Vern, thanks for your newsletter. We corresponded last year about a Copper head racer I sent pictures of.
    I am a retired Audio Engineer from the international movie industry now living in Chiang mai. I like writing and photography as hobbies and in my working career often had to spend nights alone in forests around the world recording ambient and wildlife sounds for movies.
    During Crocodile Dundee II I recorded huge male salt water Crocs bellowing at each other one rather dark night. They are really scary because unlike snakes they are actually seeking to eat you if they can. It was a rare recording.
    Now I am too slow for that kind of adventure but if my skills or experience can be of assistance to you in some way please let me know. I enjoy your book and keep it handy at home.

    1. Thanks Gary – sounds like an amazing and yeah, scary, experience. I fear the Crocs! I will write you in a bit to see if you’re on Facebook. Thanks Gary!

  12. Vern. A truly excellent resource for those of us visiting Thailand with an unhealthy interest in all things scaley with fangs. I’m currently in Pattaya for a month escaping the depressing English winter. Although I’m no experienced herper, I have been out on my scooter looking for snakes. I have worn long trousers and stout boots. I made myself a snake stick which I use to move logs and piles of leaves. I headed out to various forested hills which surround Pattaya (within 20 of city). All the locals deny snakes exist anywhere near Pattaya but I know this to be false. In fact in 5 visits, I have found a number of snakes in these areas including a Monocled Cobra and a Malayan Pit Viper. I kept my distance from both. Ask any local where the SNAKES are and invariably they tell you that you need to travel long distances to find them – Absolute tripe. Although I’ve never seen a snake in Pattaya city, I do think they are likely to be present near deserted scrub within the city. Pity there aren’t any snakes on Pattaya Beach Road which could help control the rats which scuttle around here every night ammusing and shocking tourists. The thing is, if there were snakes here, the locals would likely kill and eat them including harmless snakes.

    1. Thanks Neil.

      I think there must be rat snakes there – they’d have to smell dinner running around. Elaphe radiata is difficult to find, they tend to stay under the cover of something. I’ll bet they are there. There must be monocled cobras too. I get requests every now and then from Pattaya to identify snakes found there. Get some photos and send them. Cheers man…

  13. Hey Vern,

    I too have a passion for reptiles, especially snakes. I have traveled to several states and countries to search for snakes. I bought property in Costa Rica in 2005, and operated a free snake removal service to the area. Sadly, I was deported (long story) Anyway, I am looking at Thailand. There is a youtube video of me releasing snakes. Snake relocation Playa Chiquita Costa Rica should get you there. Hope to meet in the near future. Be well,

    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      Send me the link – or leave it here, no problem. I don’t usually go searching for stuff. Let me know if you make it to Thailand. It’s a great place for reptiles – as long as China hasn’t eaten them all. Cheers man

  14. how is life is going on, my name is hatim iv been to Thailand so many times but to be honest with you I spend all my vacation in phangyan island now I am getting old 34 years old to rave parties and planning to do something different ill be in Thailand southeast Thailand samui island how can I meet you guys and how can I organize a wild trip like your trip looking for king cobra?

  15. I am Dr lochand shastri from India I want to take field visit in next June. Please give me information for registration and payment.

    1. We don’t have any jobs or activities you could do. We had some volunteer options which are now filled. Maybe in 2017 we will offer that again.

  16. Hi
    I live in Chiang mai and it is a drought situation here, and many snakes are around, could they be looking for water. Would it help to leave water somewhere for them to keep them off the property.
    sheila

    1. Not sure if it would help at all… if you were able to spray a near constant stream – yes, would help. If you fill a bucket… not so sure. Cheers!

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