Which Snake NOT to Be Bitten by in Thailand?

Malayan Pit Viper In Situ - Krabi, Thailand
A Malayan pit viper found at night with Michael Fordham.

There are dozens of venomous snakes in Thailand which could kill you with a good bite.

Which Snake Is the One You Would NOT Want to Be Bitten By?

For me, it’s Calloselasma rhodostoma. The Malayan Pit Viper.

In a video, Al Coritz, AKA: Viperkeeper, on YouTube said he’d rather take a bite from one of the mambas than this same snake. No really, he said it. It’s here at 1 min. 37 secs. Have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVDZ2N2GLk

So, what is it about this snake that strikes such fear into people?

It’s the total devastation the venom from this snake causes at the bite site and across the organs of the body.

The venom immediately starts destroying skin tissue, blood, connective tissue of all sorts, muscle, and even bone. It actually destroys bone. That’s strong venom!

Then, the anti-coagulant properties cause the bitten victim to bleed from all over the body. Blood may be seen coming out of the mouth, gums, nose, eyes, ears, anus, and urethra, not to mention the bite site.

Bleeding can be going on unseen in the brain – causing death in some cases.

It’s a horrible thing to go through. If bitten and the wound is burning, you know immediately – you’re going to lose some functionality in whatever body part was bitten. And, you’re going to lose tissue of all kinds.

It’s one snake you don’t want to be bitten by. Better not to keep them at home.

When I go herping here where these snakes are common, I very infrequently wear thick rubber boots because I am very careful about watching where every step of my foot goes. I’m constantly scanning the ground for this snake. Thing is, I might miss one. One could be under a rock I walk close to. One could be under a leaf I step on. I’d be an easy target, despite my constant vigilance. Maybe one time for 2-3 seconds I’m not vigilant because something catches my eye and attention and I take a couple steps blindly, without looking.

Seeing Al say that on the video I was watching this morning gives me an even greater respect for this snake and I will be wearing boots much more often. If they weren’t so damn uncomfortable and slippery, I’d wear them 100%.

Falling while herping with rubber boots on in Thailand's rainforest.
Slipping off a rock onto my back – wearing slippery rubber boots. ©2016 Tom Charlton.
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