snake-identification

Worldwide Snake Identification Site

A few years back I implemented a feature on this site that I wasn’t sure would be used very often, but I thought it would be nice to have for visitors and expats living in Thailand. The feature was the Snake ID Form – you can see the link for it over on the right side column. Well, after more than three years we’ve had nearly 1,500 form submissions by people requesting help to identify snakes. We...

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Thailand Snakes at Facebook

I decided to create a Facebook group for Thailand snakes. It is just much easier to get photos up there, and since I haven’t put together a photo database of venomous and non-venomous snakes, I will do it over there because it’s so fast. Go check it out and “Like” it to join the page and get updates as I put them up. Currently I’m having difficulty identifying a snake that fell out of a tree and...

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Unidentified Snake

A woman sent me this photo of a snake she said they found on an island in Thailand. Apparently the snake found them, it dropped out of a tree and landed on one of them. Another friend threw it off into the tree. I don’t recognize the snake. It almost looks like a krait, but the body type is wrong, as is the coloring. The woman said the snake was red and yellow banded and had a...

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New Thailand Snake Species – Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis

[Last Updated: 17 October 2019] I was at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in Bangkok (the Red Cross Snake Farm) on Sunday and was talking to the snake guy that does the presentation in English on various Thailand snakes. He mentioned that a new snake species was described from Phuket called the Trimeresurus phuketensis. Wow, how cool is that? He said it is in general appearance like the Trimeresurus venustus, but larger and with brownish scales that...

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Thailand Snake Identification Requests Way Down

The snake ID link on the right side column of this site is for anyone that wants to find out what snake they saw in Thailand during their stay. Sometimes I can figure out what snake it is by the information given, and sometimes (usually) it’s a guess between a few different snakes. I’m not infallible of course, but I think it’s worth the effort to help allay fears that most people have over the snakes they...

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Help Me Identify This Snake – Oligodon Genus? Species?

I sent photos of a snake just like this one to a couple biologists about 5 months back. Nobody could tell me what it was, based on appearance. A couple guys that have found new species in this area have said it is, without a doubt, from the Oligodon genus. They asked that I do scale counts. I had to figure out what a scale count was. Today I just went through some snake scale diagrams to...

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New Snake Species, or New to Thailand?

I found another of these snakes today. They are quite hard to categorize. I’ll do scale counts tomorrow and see what I get. This snake I pulled out slowly from a hole he was half-buried in. We were up about 200 meters elevation on a limestone hill. Oligodon _______ (my other page on this snake with photos and video). There are a couple of biologists interested in looking at the snake, so I may have an exact...

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Are There MANY Snakes in Thailand?

I just went back and counted up how many times people in Thailand submitted a Snake ID request through the form on the right side column link. 478 times in 10 months. That’s a lot of people seeing snakes, but really is just a tiny fraction of everyone that sees snakes in Thailand. Some don’t need me to identify them, others don’t think to go find out what it was. Still others don’t see the snake clearly...

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