Thailand Snake Journal

Gonyosoma oxycephalum – Red Tailed Racer

Red Tailed Racers (rat snake) are one of my favorite snakes for the coloring, and the attitude. When they are aggravated at you they will flare up vertically the front 1/3 of their body and increase their thickness by double – or more. They look very big and apparently it helps to frighten away predators. This is a brand new snake – just freshly caught from the wild, at a park nearby – with a waterfall. It’s...

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Thailand Snake Journal – Golden Tree Snakes (Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima)

Chrysopelea ornata ornatissima are everywhere these days. Yesterday we were driving up a road outside the city where my wife saw what she described as either a Malayan Blue Krait, or possibly a Bridle or Wolf snake… when we saw a little – 30cm maybe, Golden Tree Snake trying to get across the road with about 10 cars going both directions. I stopped and almost jumped out to grab him when I noticed a very large dump...

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Thailand Snake Journal – Caught Reticulated Python

We were eating on some floating huts on a river -and I thought – this would make an ideal place for a snake to hang out… cool, thatched bamboo huts floating on a river in sunny Isaan Thailand. I inspected all the huts – and at the last one – bang – a prize… a 1 meter long reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus). I put him in my snake bag and played with him a bit – watched...

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Thailand Snake Journal: Night Herping in Sisaket, Thailand – Far Northeast

Well I was skunked. Lets just state that right from the start! It’s too cold here – about 20 degrees C. And very, very dry. I have heard that the snakes tend to hibernate more in the northeast during the winters – and now I believe it. I’m on a great piece of land – a large couple rai area with a house, papaya trees, bamboo thatches, lots of things for snakes to hide under and climb...

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Thailand Snake Journal: Northeast Thailand Snakes

Roaming around the northeast of Thailand lately and not finding any snakes at the moment. Quite cool – even COLD at night – and we all know how snakes don’t move much in the cold. I had a chance to go to the King Cobra Village – and passed it up. I’ll get there – no rush. I think we’ll be tooling around Isaan (northeast) Thailand for a few months… hopefully find a place to live we...

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Thailand Snake Journal: Unexpected Viper Find

I tend to be really cautious about handling venomous snakes. Pit vipers are scary because you just never know when they’re going to strike. They’re very calm until WHAM a strike from nowhere. I think as soon as they get a good lock on the part of your body giving off heat – it’s almost an automatic strike. I’m not sure they decide anything at all – just strike like lightening. I never handhold the pit vipers....

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Thailand Herping Trip – Again, Almost Skunked!

Well, we’re going to need to cut down or cut out the herping trips in the winter months – Dec, Jan, Feb. There’s just no point, as it’s too cold for the snakes and they go into a sort of hibernation. The cool snakes do anyway. There are golden tree snakes, wolf snakes, rat snakes, and the occasional python around – but, that’s really about it. It’s slim pickings for snakes in Thailand at the moment. Don’t...

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Thailand Snake Journal – Snakey, Snakey Where Did You Go?

I caught a reticulated python crossing the road a few days back. A couple of copperheaded racers (rat snakes) in the last couple weeks. Other than that there are few snakes out and about in southern Thailand these days. The weather has changed and it’s COLD at night now. This is the time the Thailand snakes go into a sort of hibernation and will be out of sight for a few months until it warms up. March,...

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Thailand Snake Journal – Snake Hunting is Rough Lately

  If you’re going to come herping in Thailand and you’re wondering what months not to come, I can tell you. November – March. By November the whole country starts cooling off. While the snakes don’t go into total hibernation for the most part, they do get awful sluggish and some don’t move for months. If you’re paying for someone to take you herping in Thailand you are better off coming during the May – September timeframe....

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Thailand Snake Journal – Herping in November

It’s official, Thailand herping in November is damn near dead. There was some success at the beginning of the month with some guys from UK and Germany, and a guy from the USA. From about the 15th on – herping has been real rough. We’ve been out for about 15 hours over 2 nights and one day – in prime spots and found nothing to speak of. Sure we found scorpions, giant spiders, some cool geckos, and...

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