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Banded Krait – Venomous – Deadly

A large Bungarus fasciatus (banded krait) from Southeast Asia.

These are yellow and black kraits here in Thailand. In some other part of the world (Borneo) they are black and white. There are also “Blue Kraits“ aka “Malayan Kraits” which are black and white. And the really incredible looking Red-headed Krait which looks nothing like either of them. [Last updated: 19 Oct 2021] Bungarus Fasciatus (Banded Krait) Thais say: (ngoo sam lee-um, or ngoo kan plong) This is a bit confused in Thailand where in southern...

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Mangrove Pit Viper – Venomous – Dangerous

[Page Updated: 2 July 2021] Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus – Mangove Pit Viper Also known as mangrove viper, shore pit viper, Gray’s pit viper, purple-spotted pit viper, and shore pit viper. In the past (2004-2011) this snake was called Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus. Thais Say: Ngoo pang ka. Please keep in mind almost no Thais you meet will know this name for the snake. Names in Thai are descriptive of what the snake looks like or does, so it helps little to...

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King Cobra Hatchling Found!

I was hoping this year was going to be THE YEAR I found a king cobra hatchling – at least one under a meter. Alex Gillard made it happen for me, I didn’t get to find it, but we were at the same place and I’d actually just passed the place he found the little king – about 30 minutes before. Good enough for me, I just wanted to see one in the wild and get some...

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King Cobra – Largest Venomous Snake in World

King Cobra - Worst Snake to be Bitten By in Thailand. Death can occur in 10 minutes.

KING COBRA (Ophiophagus hannah – Thailand King Cobra) In Greek, ‘snake eater.’ Sometimes called ‘Hamadryad.’ Discovered and described by Danish naturalist, Theodore Edward Cantor in 1836. The species name, hannah reflects the snake’s arboreal habits, from Greek mythology it refers to tree dwelling nymphs of the same name. IDENTIFICATION Ophiophagus hannah occupies its own genus, Ophiophagus. This is different from other cobras in the Naja genus which have multiple species within the genus. There has been talk...

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Malayan Krait – Blue Krait | Bungarus candidus | Highly Toxic Venom

Note – About 50% of all bites from this krait results in human death – even with the administration of antivenin (antivenom). Death is the usual result if no treatment is given. The closely related Bungarus multicinctus is ranked 3rd in the world for the toxicity of venom based on some LD-50 data (terrestrial snakes). Do be careful. [Last updated: 24 February 2020] Bungarus candidus (Malayan Krait or Blue Krait) Thais say: Ngoo tap saming kla, or...

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Monocled Cobras – Venomous – Very Deadly

Juvenile Monocled Cobra in Thailand.

[Last Updated: 28 November 2019] Naja kaouthia – Monocled Cobra The monocled cobra is one of Thailand’s most deadly snakes – with highly toxic (neurotoxic + cytotoxic) venom. One bite on your toe from one that jumps out from under your outdoor refrigerator can kill you. I heard the story direct from a woman which had this happen to her husband. Monocled Cobras are nearly everywhere across Thailand. I had a friend that found them in his...

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Red Headed Krait – Bungarus flaviceps – Deadly

Bungarus flaviceps, the red-headed krait is a beautiful and very deadly snake from Southern Thailand.

[Last update: 28 November 2019] Red Headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps) Thais say: Ngoo sam lee-um hoo-uh si dang Length: These kraits grow to about 2 meters long, though most adults found are shorter. Appearance: Somewhat pronounced vertebral ridge, which differentiates from the Malayan Blue Coral Snake (Calliophis bivurgata). Body is black or dark grey, the head and tail are bright red or orange. The tail on the venter is also the same color. The rest of the...

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Small Spotted Coral Snake – Venomous – Dangerous

“Calliophis maculiceps” (Speckled coral snake, Small-spotted Coral Snake) [Last updated: 28 November 2019] Length: Average max length is 35 cm Range: These small coral snakes are found all over Thailand and some other countries in Asia. I have seen a couple dozen of these snakes in southern Thailand, usually found by people in their potted plants outside. Habitat: These snakes enjoy the leaf litter, loose dirt, and cool areas under rotting trees and other foliage. Occasionally they are...

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Blue Malaysian Coral Snake – Venomous – Deadly

The Blue Malaysian Coral Snake is a venomous elapid and is one of the most strikingly beautiful snakes you’ll ever see. I’ve been lucky enough to see one crossing the road in southern Thailand and I didn’t have any snake hook to grab him. [Last updated: 28 November 2019] Calliophis bivirgata flaviceps (Blue Malaysian Coral Snake, Blue Long-glanded Coral Snake) 3 Sub-species: C. b. bivirgatus in Java – lacks blue stripes on ventral.C. b. flaviceps in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia (possibly,...

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King Cobra Washes Over Waterfall – Phattalung, Thailand

Thailand king cobra fell over a waterfall in Thailand.

Click images to enlarge. Robert Abrams sent me some photos of a snake he said washed over Menora waterfall he was relaxing at, the location is about 40 km outside of Ampur Muang, Phattalung province, southern Thailand. It was none other than the ultimate venomous snake, the king cobra. In his words – “It was raining very heavy that day. Some friends and I went swimming at a waterfall outside the town where we teach. All a...

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