Our Annual Snake Stalk Event in Krabi, Thailand
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This is the best way possible to get close to lots of snakes.
We’re Only Accepting 2 more People for this Event (6 signed up)!
JOIN US FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE – 4 NIGHT FIELD TRIP AND LEARN:
- Snake Cautions, Anatomy, and Behavior
- How to Find Snakes in their Natural Habitat
- Basic Snake Handling and Catching
- Venomous Snakebite Treatment
- Snake – Wildlife Photography Tips
Last year we saw around 20 different snake species and dozens of other animals – lizards, geckos, bats, scorpions, tarantulas, bugs, birds (G. pitta!), Slow Lorises, etc.
It will be very warm in June for staying in the fan-only rooms in the Krabi Wilderness Resort. It will likely rain once per day on average, and this cools it down a bit. There are large mosquito nets above the beds at the resort.
DEET 28 or higher is recommended to keep mosquitos away. Bring or buy a rechargeable mosquito racquet for your bungalow! Don’t try to bring it on your flight – cannot!
CLOTHES – WHAT TO BRING?
I will be in shorts, running shoes, and t-shirts all day – unless we’re herping. When herping I wear long lightweight pants tucked into my socks to keep the ants and termites out. I wear a t-shirt and a very lightweight long-sleeved shirt over top of that. I wear a hat with wide rim to keep mosquitos off my neck and head, and I usually wrap a snake-bag or towel around my neck to keep mozzies off me.
The resort has a towel for each person in the room – but you might want to bring another.
Wear long pants – loose and lightweight at least at night. During the daytime I usually wear shorts, but I spray my legs with DEET if there are mosquitos around.
Pants should be long enough to tuck in to your socks. This keeps ants, termites, mosquitos, spiders, scorpions, and other wildlife off your legs.
Wear a very light shirt – short sleeved, under a very light long-sleeve shirt. The super-lightweight North Face running shirts or something similar will keep you cooler and sweating less than cotton.
You will want to bring:
- your own body soap, shampoo, clothes detergent, etc.
- razors, toothbrush, toothpaste
- deodorant – please!
- DEET Spray
- sunblock lotion
- hangers for clothes to dry on
- a hammock if you have one
- multi-plug A/C electric extension cord to plug in your electronics to charge
- 3 prong to 2 prong adapters for your electrical wires!
- wide brim hat to block sun and bugs
- rain poncho and hat
There is a hammock on most of the porches of the bungalows. You can hang hangers there to dry clothes. Or, you can string a rope across the porch.
If you can, before you arrive, buy a pair of cheap (199 THB) rubber boots like those above. These are really durable, and have a good tread on the bottom. I buy mine a little big, but another guy I know recommends them to be snug. So, up to you. I found my boots at the little market in a place where they sell shoes. We can maybe get you a pair shortly after you arrive here if you really want them. During our field trips we do not go onto land with high grass or thick underbrush – so these boots are not really necessary.
I wear socks and long pants with these boots – and I tuck my pants into my socks. Most of the time during this event I will wear running shoes. I am very careful watching for snakes before I take each step.
Most of the herping will be on dirt path, concrete path, road, or some other surface where we can easily see the main snake we have to watch out for during this event – the Malayan Pit Viper (photo below).
In areas where we cannot see our own feet – it is essential to have boots to cover the feet, ankles and shins to protect from this snake. I have found scores of these snakes at the locations we’ll be going, so you need to be aware of them.
FLASHLIGHT / TORCH
This is one piece of equipment that you cannot afford to save money on. You can do it a couple of different ways. I use Petzl Headlamps. The batteries don’t last long, but I have some extras I bought so I can have 4-5 hours of good light. You should have at least 4 hours of strong light to look for snakes during our field trips.
Petzl is releasing an upgrade to their Petzl Nao II, it will be called the Petzl Nao+. It has more lumens, and longer battery. It has a red light in the back of the head. It has easy connectivity to your smart phone for custom profiles. It is supposed to be out by the end of 2016.
Looking for snakes for hours at a time can wear you down. I notice that if the beam of my light is too bright – it hurts my eyes before long. I like it bright, but there is a limit. Some lights are extremely bright and burn through batteries very quickly.
I recommend a bright, evenly lit beam – not with a very bright spot in the center – as it hurts the eyes quicker.
Considerations in Buying a Flashlight / Headlamp
- Only buy LED lights – not tungsten bulb flashlights – they are not bright enough, and they eat batteries too fast.
- Headlamps attract more bugs flying right into your eyes. I really don’t like that, and if there are many bugs at night I’ll just use the hand-held flashlights instead, or remove the headlamp and hold it in my hand.
- Some headlamps have non-removable batteries you cannot replace, and they only last 1-2 or even 3 hours. That is not long enough. Shoot for 4-5 hours of battery life.
- At the BIG C in Krabi, they have only a couple of brands – and none of them are high quality. Good if you buy 2-3, but otherwise, you cannot rely on them. Better to buy a good light on Amazon, Ebay, or maybe you’re lucky enough to live in Bangkok or somewhere else they have good lights.
- Have a backup light in case one fails.
OTHER GEAR TO BRING
- any medical information doctors would need to know – allergies, etc.
- waterproof bags – like diving bags if you will have electronics with you
- chargers for everything – check and double check that you have all the necessary chargers for phone, camera, computer, flashlights, headlamps, etc.
- your own pillow case?
FIRST AID SUPPLIES
We carry a small first aid kit, but if there is anything else you need to ensure your good health – bring it. That includes Ventolin or other breathers, heart medicine, and every kind of medicine you require. Don’t rely on a Thailand pharmacy to have what you need in an emergency or after you arrive.
Do not bring snake kits with suction cups, they are not used. They actually increase the damage to tissue.
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers. Family, health insurance cards w/phones, blood type, allergies, medicines taking regularly, in a plastic ziplock bag.
Emergency Cash or Easy ATM Withdrawal. Have enough for hospital treatment ($2,000 USD recommended). The hospital will begin treatment without a large payment, but within a day or so they’ll start getting anxious. Probably best if you setup a Paypal or other account that can be used by friends back in your home country to Paypal us or other friends here payment for hospital costs as needed in an emergency.
SNAKE IDENTIFICATION BOOKS
I have the following:
A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Thailand and South-East Asia by Cox et al. This book is helpful, and yet it is by no means comprehensive or error-free. It’s a small, thin book that is convenient if you have nothing else. I have seen them on Amazon for $52-342 USD. They are NOT worth anything close to that. I bought mine for about $15 at this Thailand-based online store: DCOTHAI.com. I don’t see the book available there any longer. Amazon has a paperback for $30. Published in 2010. Not sure if they made any updates. Mine was published in 1998.
Photos of Common Venomous and Non-Venomous Thailand Snakes. Covers some of the common snakes people are likely to find in Thailand.
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand. By Cha-Nard, et al. I bought this as an ebook for $30 some dollars and I’d say it isn’t what I expected. It does have a lot of information, and is almost comprehensive in covering all snakes of Thailand, and the images (no photos) are easy to blow up and see in detail. Some of the images I’ve been very happy with. Others are lacking considerably. This is the best book on the market at the moment.
We are keeping this to a maximum of 8 people for this 4-Day Event. Register quickly to reserve your spot. Minimum age for participants: 18.
Registration Includes Everything Needed for All 4 Days:
- Room (Bungalow with large bed, hot water shower)
- Excellent Food (600 THB food allowance per day – not including alcohol)
- Transportation to Field Locations and Airport Pickup / Drop off
- Boat Trip in Mangroves (probably kayaks)
- Classes to Learn More About Thailand Snakes
Registration is Just 19,000 THB per person and includes everything mentioned above.