Thailand Venomous Snake Photos Collection
Page Updated: 23 January 2017
COBRA SNAKE PHOTOS
King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
This is the longest venomous snake on the planet, and they get to around 6 meters long (19 feet!). Their length isn’t the scary part, it’s the amount of venom they can inject with one bite – which can kill an elephant. The brother of a friend I have was killed by a bite to the chest while doing a snake show with a king cobra. He died in less than 10 minutes. Kings are rather slow to bite, but if you are within striking distance, and they think you are a threat, they might feel threatened enough to strike.
Ophiophagus hannah, the deadly King Cobra
Monocled Cobras (Naja kaouthia)
These are usually quite dark brown, black, or dark grey snakes that are very fast strikers and movers. The monocled cobra’s venom is much more lethal than the King Cobra’s venom, so only a very small amount is needed to cause death in humans. I met a woman who lost a husband recently, due to a bite on the man’s toe when it came out from under an outdoor refrigerator as he opened it to get a beer. The venom is both necrotoxic and neurotoxic. First the man who was bitten lost his foot to necrosis. Then up to his knee. Then his entire leg, and the doctor assured him and his family – he would be fine now. He died days later. Monocled cobras are quicker to bite than king cobras and are exceptionally dangerous. Do not mess with this snake.
Naja kaouthia just might be my favorite snake… Monocled Cobra.
KRAIT SNAKE PHOTOS
Banded Kraits (Bungarus fasciatus)
These are night-active snakes, which, during the day – are quite docile. Some are foolish enough to hand hold them during the daylight hours. Show this snake more respect, its venom is quite lethal and kills people each year in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. Bands can be yellow and black, white and black, or even turn longitudinal (striped) instead of banding.
Malayan Kraits (Blue Krait) (Bungarus candidus)
Stronger venom than the banded krait, but not as lethal as it’s sister – the Multi-banded Krait, that looks very similar.
Red-headed Kraits (Bungarus flaviceps)
The Red-headed Krait, is seen as often during the day as night. These ultra-lethal venomous snakes are quite rare to find at all. I have seen just two in nine years of looking for snakes in Thailand. Most people never see one in the wild. Their venom and behavior has not been well-studied but their venom is very toxic, like the other kraits.
Many-banded Kraits (Bungarus multicinctus)
A small, less than 10-inch snake called Bungarus multicinctus killed famous American herpetologist, Joe Slowinski while he was on an expedition in Burma and far from a hospital with respirators. He died within 30 hours from the bite. These snakes have venom which is in the top 5 of the most lethal territorial snakes in the world. These snakes look very similar to the Malayan Krait, but they have more bands.
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One of Top Snake Biologists in the World is in Burma and is Bitten by a Krait… Great Story!
VIPER SNAKE PHOTOS
Malayan Pit Vipers (Calloselasma rhodostoma)
These snakes have the distinction of killing the most people across Thailand of any other snake. Malayan Pit Vipers have large heads, very large fangs, and a strong bite that can inflict deep wounds filled with venom. These snakes love the grass and light cover. They tend not to move at all when approached, and don’t give any noise before striking. Usually people die when they don’t get hospital treatment quickly. The venom is primarily hemotoxic and the victim bleeds from orifices on the body – as well as from the brain.
Malayan Pit Viper
Siamese Viper (Daboia siamensis)
Found north, west and east of Bangkok – this snake is not to be found in southern Thailand. These snakes kill more people across the globe than any other. Like the Malayan pit viper these vipers are very strong, thick, and have large fangs.
Beautiful Viper AKA – Brown-spotted Pit Viper (Trimeresurus venustus)
And she is a beautiful snake too! In the header of this website is a photo of what I think is the first venomous snake I saw in Thailand – the Trimeresurus venustus, the Beautiful Viper. These are small vipers with very small scales – especially on the head. They are not so deadly, but you will have strong local reaction to the venom.
Beautiful Pit Viper – Trimeresurus venustus. Stunning in person.
The image I use in my header at the top of this page is also the T. venustus – Beautiful pit viper.
Kanburi Pit Viper (Trimeresurus kanburiensis)
Very rare and found only in and next to the Kanburi province of Thailand. Very similar in appearance to the beautiful viper.
Wagler’s Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)
Hagen’s Bamboo Pit Viper
Pope’s Bamboo Pit Viper
Wirot’s Palm Viper
Indo-Malayan Mountain Pit Viper
A father sent me photos of a snake that his young son was kicking at while they visited a waterfall on the Thai-Burma border in Phang Nga province. These are rare in Thailand, and have a nasty bite. Luckily, his son was not harmed.
Mangrove Pit Viper (Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus)
These are pretty elusive. They spend time in mangrove areas near the ocean, and I’ve yet to see one in the wild. They are big biters and not docile at all. Be careful if you come across one of these small vipers. They are beautiful – but dangerous.
Large-eyed Green Pit Viper (Trimerusurus macrops)
As the name implies, the eyes are large on this green pit viper. Green pit vipers in Thailand are quite difficult to tell apart from each other. Be careful with all of them.
White-lipped Pit Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)
Very dangerous and hard to identify. A very beautiful pit viper as the pictures show.
CORAL SNAKES PICTURES
Blue Malaysian Coral Snake (Calliophis bivirgata)
Small Spotted Coral Snake (Calliophis maculiceps)
Really, if you haven’t yet read this book about Joe Slowinski – biologist bitten by a many-banded krait in Burma in 2001 – you really should. It’s an excellent read, and ALL SNAKE HOBBYISTS SHOULD READ IT >