Snake Identification

300+ Snakes Identified at Thailand Snakes (.com)

300+ Snakes Identified at Thailand Snakes (.com)
In a way, I’m getting hammered with requests to identify snakes in Thailand. I think someone has to do it, and I’m glad I can help. I’m sure I’m wrong occasionally, but, for the most part the snakes are easy to identify from photos sent to my email account.

If you don’t have a photo you can still fill out this Snake ID Form to identify your snake. I didn’t count any of the 450+ form submissions and my replies as snakes I’ve identified, because really it’s an unknown without looking at the images directly. Even then – it’s sometimes guesswork.

Identify Snakes in Thailand Before You Pick Them Up

Just a warning to those that also love snakes. Please don’t pick up and hold a snake when you are not 100% sure of the exact species of snake it is. There are scores of venomous snakes in Thailand – some of which can kill you in under 10 minutes. It does not take a really strong bite to inject enough venom to cause you a very serious medical emergency. I have received about 10 photos over the last year of people holding a snake, and then asking me to identify the snake.


Even snakes that haven’t traditionally been called “Venomous” though in fact they are (Colobrids), can hurt or kill you with the right bite. Take into account also that your body could go into anaphylactic shock as the venom hits the blood stream and the body fights against it as it does an allergic reaction. Conceivably, if you’re allergic to the venom – you could die within a minute or so from an adverse allergic reaction to the venom – and that’s ANY venom, that which is considered dangerous to man, and that which isn’t normally considered dangerous.

Stay safe – this is the peak of the snake season. Keep your eyes open and get some photos when it’s safe to do so!

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  1. Hello,

    I saw a snake today in Lumpini Park in Bangkok. It was slithering very slowly and ungracefully on the asphalt almost as if it belonged in the water. It was dark colored and what really stood out was that it’s whole body was the same diameter in particular the tail. It was hard to see which end was it’s head.

    Thanks for the help!


    1. Wish I could help… no idea what that was. The tail may have been lost in a fight with a monitor, dog, big bird or something. How big was it?

  2. It was about 16 inches long. It was night time so I couldn’t get a great look at it but I’m pretty sure it was uninjured. The head as well as the entire body were the same diameter. About the same diameter as a man’s finger.



    1. The red tailed pipe snake has a blunt tail and is dark, and is a snake active at night. Could be that, or something else entirely. No idea really.

  3. That is it for sure. It was dark out and difficult to see which end was the head. Very small eyes ant tongue.

    Thanks, Nice job!


  4. why would you call it 300 snakes identified if there’s not one single picture of a snake on this page. I don’t see why people have to create misleading links. just call it what it is it certainly doesn’t have 300 snakes on it now does it

    1. Yeah, uhm. I don’t know. I guess it just made sense to tell people I’ve identified 300 snakes using the free form anyone can submit to have their snake ID’ed.

  5. Hello there! We just had a nasty experience where the dog of “the household”(she is the neighbourhood sweetheart) discovered what looked like a cobra, moments from an old man sitting down right next to it. I’d love to send you a photo of it, but I’m afraid I’m a bit of a beginner at things like this. Where can I send you the photo? Thanks in advance, and I love the website. Simply fantastic that you’ve taken the time to do this properly. Huge respect :)

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