[Last Updated: 14 July 2023]
Thailand Snakes (ประเทศไทยงู) is a resource created by herpetologist Vern Lovic to help people in Thailand identify some of the 220+ snake species in the country. We are adding pages and updating information constantly, but you may find mistakes occasionally. If you find what you think to be an error, would you let us know by Contacting Us?
Vern has lived in Thailand for 18 years and has had thousands of first-hand contacts with snakes over this time. He typically finds and studies venomous and non-venomous snakes in Thailand, but also enjoys learning more about other reptiles, insects, and other wildlife and plants in the kingdom. We have biologists reviewing the information here frequently and we update pages as necessary. If you see something outdated or in error, please let us know so we can remedy it.
As a teen, Vern read all about reptiles and amphibians from around the world in magazines his aunt subscribed him to. He explored the forest around his home in Western Pennsylvania and found snakes, turtles, salamanders, crayfish, and other cool wildlife.
“When I arrived in Thailand I saw a cobra chase a half-clothed woman out of a restroom at Surin Beach on the island of Phuket. Then I saw a couple of big road kill snakes (pythons). Then I saw a browned-spotted pit viper (T. venustus) on a bush at a temple in Surat in daytime.”
“I researched for more info on snakes and found very little. I decided to create a resource for myself and others to use to identify snakes in Thailand and to know more about them. ThailandSnakes.com was launched in January 2010.”
There are more than 200 snake species in Thailand (terrestrial and marine), with 60+ being called venomous at the present moment. There are 35 venomous and potentially deadly terrestrial snakes in Thailand. Vern wrote a book to identify them called “Is that Snake In Your House Dangerous?”.
Nearly all snakes have venom of sorts, though some snakes do not have a proper venom delivery system to easily inject venom into their prey. The ‘venom delivery system’ means fangs attached to a venom sac.
Some venomous snakes in Thailand are “mildly venomous” which means they are not likely to affect human beings even if their bite injects venom under the skin. The venom may still do its job of immobilizing smaller prey like rodents, birds, and other reptiles.
Some 35 Thailand land snakes have a potentially deadly bite.
This site will help you figure out which snakes are dangerous to you and which are harmless. If you haven’t downloaded our FREE ebook, click the title below to join for free and get your free copy now while they are still free – “Photos of Common Thailand Snakes.”
Your first action upon being bitten by a snake you are not 100% sure is non-venomous – is to find someone to transport you to the hospital. There are enough venomous snakes in Thailand that can kill you that it makes sense to immediately go to the hospital for possible treatment of symptoms.
Identifying the snake is crucial because treating bites properly requires a good ID of the snake that bit you.
Here are some recommendations for what to do in case of snakebite in Thailand: Bitten By A Snake?
To identify a snake pay particular attention to:
2. Size – length and thickness – compare to your finger, wrist for thickness.
3. Patterns of color or geometric patterns.
4. Size of head compared to neck… is head MUCH bigger or just about same size as neck?
5. Where you were exactly when you found it – in jungle? Swimming?
At the hospital, they’ll sort it out – and hopefully, have photos you can choose from. Do be careful not to consent to receive any antivenin or other treatment until symptoms are evident. Many bites are ‘dry’ and no venom, or very little venom, is injected.
You would not want to start receiving antivenin for a dry bite, because if you are allergic to it – and some people are – this can turn into a life-threatening matter all its own.
Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital for ANY snakebite because you’ll probably want to get a tetanus shot if you’re not up to date. The fangs of snakes can penetrate deeply into the tissue, and require Tetanus shots.
The bite from a king cobra or monocled cobra can kill you in less than an hour. A good bite can be deadly in as little as 10 minutes. Have someone rush you to the hospital.
All images (unless otherwise attributed) on this site are copyrighted by Vern Lovic with all rights reserved. You may not use any photo here for any reason, without asking permission first by sending this form.
Other Admin Pages
Social Media and Other
- YouTube Thailand Snakes Account here.
- FaceBook Forum “Thailand Snakes” here.
- Twitter here.
- CalPhotos – Our snake images here.
About Me Pages for My Other Websites
- KrabiNature.com – my wife’s Krabi nature and tourist attractions information website.
- Venomous Snakebites and Near Misses (at Amazon)
- Is That Snake In Your House Dangerous? (Free PDF)
- Keep Snakes Out! (at Amazon)
Interviews and Appearances
- Ajarn.com Interview about Snakes and Living in Thailand
- Catherine Wentworth Interview about Living in Thailand
- Coconuts TV Interview about Snakes in Toilets
- Thailand Retirement Helpers book overview
- Article about a Meditation Book I wrote
All written content by Vern Lovic, unless specified otherwise.
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