Thailand Venomous Snake Photos

Here is a collection of venomous snake photos. These snakes can be found in Thailand.

Cobra Snake Photos

King Cobras (Ophiophagus hannah)

This is the biggest 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 King Cobra


Monocled Cobras (Naja kaouthia)

These are usually quite dark, black and 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 cytotoxic and neurotoxic. First he 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, it’s venom is quite lethal and kills people each year in Thailand and many in southeast Asia. Stripes can be yellow and black, white and black, or even turn longitudinal instead of banding (see last images of the yellow / black banded krait).

Banded kraits can be yellow and black or white and black.

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.

Malayan Kraits come in black and white and have thick bands of alternating white and black.

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 2 in 5 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.

Viper Snake Photos

Malayan Pit Vipers

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

Chain Vipers (Russell’s Viper)

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

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.


Wagler’s Pit Viper

Wagler’s Pit Viper – beautiful! Used with permission given by Emilios Kattides.

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.

Indo Malayan Mountain Pit Viper. Used with permission from Stewart King.

Mangrove Pit Viper

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.

Mangrove Pit Viper – used with permission from Richard Richert .

Kanburi Pit Viper

Very rare and found only in and next to the Kanburi province of Thailand. Very similar in appearance to the beautiful viper.

Large-eyed Green Pit Viper

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

Very dangerous and hard to identify. A very beautiful pit viper as the pictures show.

Coral Snakes Pictures

Blue Coral Snake

Small Spotted Coral Snake

Small-spotted coral snake from Southern Thailand, Krabi province. (Calliophis maculiceps)

21 thoughts on “Thailand Venomous Snake Photos”

  1. Seen a few snakes in Thailand south Rayong and Trang near Phuket a weird small fat snake with bands and a fat little head that was slowly off to a near pond and a black yellow thing in a tree next to a river we were rafting near Krabi / Phuket a couple of green whip snakes like to wrap themselves round the door handles. Small cobra came into the school and was killed by the dinner ladies and a red-headed thing try to eat a frog which i rescued (strange cause it hopped off seemingly unharmed plenty of sea snakes esp washed up after tsunami in Phuket. Rayong area is lovely wild and very wet and also has rose quartz as well as moonstones and i expect some good quartz crystals etc as wellas gold mines etc

  2. Hello
    You have a very informed site , it may save lives, I live on the Nam Ping river 24 km North of Chiang Mai, I am from Australia , where I have been in contact with Taipan’s Fierce Snakes, in the Desert Also king Brown’s (very aggressive when cornered)
    so I am no stranger to seeing snakes,
    My 2 siamese cats are forever bringing Me snakes, they are long and thin I guess some sort of tree snake , I save them when I can,
    The other day a dead snake in yard was verity similar in color to the viper light brown and slightly darker bands, without the broad head, it was decomposed so I didn’t bother with a pic,
    What if any snakes in this region would be dangerous,
    Regards Mark

    1. Hi Mark,

      Yep, you’ve got your share of venomous and quite deadly snakes in Australia. Up north there are cobras including the king cobra. There are kraits – Malayan krait, and possibly the many-banded krait – the most potent venom of any snake found in Thailand. There are a number of vipers, and maybe including the Mountain Viper. I don’t know if the corals snakes are up there that far, but I wouldn’t doubt it. I don’t have a geographical break down specifying which snakes are found where. Would be nice, but on the other hand, so many snakes are found outside the range that it probably doesn’t make sense to even put the time into that sort of thing. Assume all Thailand snakes are to be found in your region. Send pics when you get them…. Cheers man!

      1. Hey I found this snake in a log in my apartment and was wondering what it is if you email me I’ll give you a picture of it i don’t know how to post pictures here.

  3. My name is Owen Brindle,
    I live here in Kanchanaburi Thailand with my wife Nong, this morning I went into the front garden to feed the fish and came across a 5 foot shinny black snake. When it saw me it took off. I called out to my wife Nong but by the time she got here the snake had disappeared. QUESTION… IS A SHINNY BLACK SNAKE 5 FOOT LONG POISONOUS…???

    1. Question – are you going to eat it? Poisonous means you’re going to suffer ill effects from eating it. Venomous means it can kill you with envenomation – biting and injecting venom.

      It could be venomous – yes. Could be a cobra. Do be careful. Sorry, you gave me little to go on. There are many snakes that fit that description.

  4. Informative website. I’m planning a trip to Thailand to train at a Muay Thai camp, possibly Fairtex. Is this snake issue something I should be overly concerned about or conscientious of?

    1. Nope. Unless you’re sleeping outside, on the porch on the ground, or anywhere snakes could find you at night. Also, don’t walk around at night without a flashlight/torch. Have fun…

  5. Vern,
    I think I have a baby Malayan Kraits. I am in Chiang Mai, Thailand and no one here seems to know what it is. If you would like a photo of it, just tell me where to send it. I don’t want to kill it, but I don’t know how dangerous it is.

  6. When I was living in Krasang (About 20 Kilometers West of Surin) I had a Snake coiled up on the edge of my field, it was about 1 1/2 feet long (maybe less) with an dark emerald green back and a yellow belly. It had no fangs but sharp teeth that bit into my leather glove and to be honest, it probably would have let go if it’s teeth weren’t hung up in the leather. I cannot find any pictures that looked like it. Would you have any idea as to the name?

  7. I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and a couple nights ago, I killed a small (10 to 12 inches) snake. It was black with thin yellow bands, and a white underbelly. The only thing I can find online that looks anything like it is the banded krait, but the yellow stripes on that are too thick. Do you have any suggestions what it could have been?

  8. Hi , Just trying to identify a snake I nearly stepped on in my garden in Koh SAMUI, it was probably about 3 quarters of a metre long with a girth of about a hotdog, muddy Brown in colour with almost like black hexagons or broken black circular lines on it’s back, very quiet and non aggressive. Cheers

  9. Great info on venomous snakes. Currenty in south Thailand living on a rice farm about 70km south of Nakhon si thammatat. Went to the toilet this morning and found the back side of a snake slithering down the pipe to go outside. Only saw the last 3ft of it. But the description is of a dark green with a what I can only describe ad beautiful pattern and vivid pattern on it’s skin. Please get back to me as to what you believe it to be as I haven’t found anything that looks like it. Thanks mate !

    1. Hey Ozzzie,

      Hmm.. How thick was the snake? There are a couple with a nice pattern. Gonyosoma oxycephalum, Chrysopelea ornata, Ahaetulla prasina…

  10. My Wife I stayed in a luxury hotel in Thailand. The rooms were like shack cottages on the outside but 5* inside – right on the beach and over a lake – lovely. We returned to our room one night and a snake about 0.7m long and perhaps 25-35 mm dia was on the floor it reared round and headed straight at us with some speed. we left the room sharpish and shut the door and called housekeeping. They came down and I went in the room with them, then when I said it was jet black one guy jumped on the bed and the other legged it (they were barefoot to be fair) they wouldn’t let us stay in the room and we had to move. 5 days later we returned to our new room about midnight and when passing the original room a family of Swedish people had been evacuated from the room, it was midnight and they were waiting outside, they had escaped after being chased by a snake in the room. Any ideas? jet black, shortish skinny snake, fearless and had the Hotel staff paying lots of respect to?

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