This poll question has been running for a long time. 182 Readers voted and the results are below.
What is Thailand’s Most Common Snake?
Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata) (35%, 63 Votes)
Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia) (16%, 30 Votes)
Malayan Pit Viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma) (12%, 21 Votes)
Bronzeback Snake (Dendrelaphis pictus) (9%, 17 Votes)
Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) (8%, 15 Votes)
Red Necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus) (8%, 15 Votes)
Copperheaded Racer (Coelognathus radiatus) (7%, 13 Votes)
Other? Leave in comments, I may add it to the poll (5%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 182
Here’s my list of the 8 most common snakes that I see – day or night:
1. Indo-Chinese Rat Snake (Ptyas korros)
2. Copperheaded Racer (Coelognathus radiata)
3. Keeled Rat Snake (Ptyas carinatus)
4. Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)
5. Red-Necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus)
6. Red-Tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum)
7. Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)
8. Puff-faced Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata)
That’s just what I usually see, doesn’t mean it’s accurate for all of Thailand, in fact, it surely isn’t.
Some weeks I might see 8 Monocled Cobras. Some weeks I might see 10 Golden Tree snakes. It just depends. During certain times of the year I see more of one type of snake than another. Of course daylight and night time hours reveal different active snakes.
I’ll put up another poll, this one has run stale after about a year.
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