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My name is Vern Lovic, I’m a snake enthusiast living in Southern Thailand. I’m interested in snakes, other reptiles, and many other wildlife species found in Thailand and across Asia. I enjoy taking photos and videos, but I don’t keep or sell snakes. Just don’t believe in it. Never did. That doesn’t mean I don’t have friends that keep snakes – I do. I respect others’ beliefs about the subject, we’re all different!

I added some information here from a number of resources and a lot of my own personal experience.

Note – Some information found on the pages of will be outdated, and some will be incorrect. Every effort was made to ensure factual information, but as it happens the information contained on these pages is not without error. I am in good company though because I have not found any snake resource to be infallible. If you see something wrong – feel free to let me know.

If you need a snake identified post your image or description to our public Facebook group here: Thailand Snakes.

EMAIL – If you want to talk to me about a snake project, herping field trip, eco-photography trip, using images, technical papers, or a visit to Thailand – and also for any EMERGENCY – you can write me at the email below.

I don’t answer snake Identification requests by email.


Vern L.

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6 years ago

I have snakes in my house and I don’t like them. I live near the beach in pattaya by green kind of area a lot of construction near us. Every day birds have been disapearing and I saw one on the balcony swollowing a bird and birds have been falling off trees. I was skate boarding in my house and my board went into the bush and I heard hising at me than ran and slitherd away there green and pretty small. I’m thinking its a bird pit viper but you could still get bit.

André Van Hecke
6 years ago

I do not succeed in downloading your eBook on my Windows PC and I am already registered.
Can you help me with advice please?
Sincere greetigns

Ken Anderson
6 years ago

Hi Vern, Thanks for responding regarding finding an editor for my book.

It is a general book about travel. It’s not about sex in Thailand or anywhere else. It is a non-fiction book to motivate a person to travel, the mechanics of traveling cheaply and safely. I go into detail about diseases, drugs, things that can sting you, or worse that one may encounter. It is entitled: “Follow the Road that Awaits You. Your Extensive Guide to Intensive Travel”. It is my first book. I don’t expect tons of money to roll in from it but at 370 plus pages with no fluff or photos, I am hopeful that at least a few people will buy it. I probably will be finished writing it in about 2 weeks.

Yes, please, I would like to contact her to see if she would be interested in editing it.

Thanks Vern.

Ken Anderson

4 years ago
Reply to  Vern

Hi mate. Just bought a house with a lake on it in phan chiangrai. It has a large banded krait in it. Ive got a 1 month old baby and want the snake gone. U r welcome to take it asap. If your interesred. Cheers mate. Chris 0931830922.

6 years ago

Hi Vern,
Been reading this all morning, currently on Koh Mak, one of my favourite islands,, loved vid of Golden tree snake fighting with Gecks!.. I’ve a few nice photos of those while on my travels a few years ago..
But I’ve a question for you, it was around 7 years ago and my first trip to Koh Mak, while riding my Scooter past the power plant between the plantations I nearly ran over an appx 4 feet long dirty grey almost black snake… I slowed down as I didn’t want to run over it and was only feet away as it disapeared into the heavy grass beside the plantation.. I’ve seen many Cobras out here, all in captivity and some caught in Isan.. I’ve been told no Cobras on this island but only by a farang.. Is it possible they inhabit Koh Mak.. Thanks for reading

6 years ago

The width of the snake was around 3/4 fingers and spotted late afternoon. It didn’t attempt to strike as head was deep in grass as I past.. Hope this helps more.
Mike on Koh Mak

gordon keller
6 years ago


Lost my password for the all snakes login.
How do I get another one. I’m down in


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Dear Team, of Thailand Snakes,
Dear Vern,

Thank you for your efforts and your work, I appreciate your work very much, it is very helpful. I will try to support and help you to become more recognized. Please check , you are posted there – usually we have a reach of 5-20.000 people from all over the world. I hope that many people can enjoy and value your work.

Best regards
Raimund Wagner
Initiator and Manager of Volunt2Thai อาสาสมัครต่างชาติเรียนรู้วิถีชีวิตของเกษตรกรไทย NGO

Francesco Germi
6 years ago

Impossible to download the e-book nor the pdf, I tried dozens of times again and again any possible combination. Just it doesn’t work. I have an iPhone. Is asking me to register, but I already registered months ago ! No link to download pdf. Any chance to get the pdf via email ? That would be great !

6 years ago

Thanks Vern for your VERY informative site!

david young
5 years ago

Hi Vern

Last time I was in the western forest complex (Feb 15), I was walking down to a dryish river bed when I saw just the last few feet of a large snake disappear behind some boulders, next minute it came out from the other side of the boulders with head flattened and rising up in the air. Then, when the king cobra saw me it lowered back down and retreated as I did. I thought that maybe it was a female with eggs, as the body was quite fat right down to the tail.

Felix A. Keller
5 years ago

Strange you do not mention the beautiful green Whipsnake. I photographed one in my garden in Pattaya. (If interested in the photo, let me have your e-mail address)

Best regards


Lineke Lijn
5 years ago

Nice website Vern!
Should you need a nice drawing, you can always email me.
Kind regards, Lineke

Josefine Camus
5 years ago

Hi Vern, I did see your website and I want to ask you something and hope, that you can help me : I am living in Chiang Mai Sankamphaeng in a huge garden with many big ponds and waterbirds like swans, ducks, Ibis, peacocks, chicken a.s.o. The last 6-8 weeks 3 Ibis, 4 ducks disappeared and 2 black swans who where sitting on their eggs died next to the nest. We – my friends who owned this area – and me are thinking, that it is a big snake who did catch the animals and kill the 2 black swans in the night. Is it possible ? We don´t know what happen. The garden is fenced, so no dogs can come in and it is not possible, that people did take the birds. We never did find any feathers or other remains. If it is a snake, can you give me please an address and phone-no. for calling someone to help us to find the snake ? All happens in the night and we are completely helpless. All 3-5 days an animal disappears. Last night another duck goes missing. We are so sorry about all our nice animals and need really help to find out, what happens.
My friends Dirk and Carlos and me we would be very thankful if you could help us.
Kind regards Josefine

Gary Wilkins
5 years ago

Hi Vern, thanks for your newsletter. We corresponded last year about a Copper head racer I sent pictures of.
I am a retired Audio Engineer from the international movie industry now living in Chiang mai. I like writing and photography as hobbies and in my working career often had to spend nights alone in forests around the world recording ambient and wildlife sounds for movies.
During Crocodile Dundee II I recorded huge male salt water Crocs bellowing at each other one rather dark night. They are really scary because unlike snakes they are actually seeking to eat you if they can. It was a rare recording.
Now I am too slow for that kind of adventure but if my skills or experience can be of assistance to you in some way please let me know. I enjoy your book and keep it handy at home.

Neil Clark
5 years ago

Vern. A truly excellent resource for those of us visiting Thailand with an unhealthy interest in all things scaley with fangs. I’m currently in Pattaya for a month escaping the depressing English winter. Although I’m no experienced herper, I have been out on my scooter looking for snakes. I have worn long trousers and stout boots. I made myself a snake stick which I use to move logs and piles of leaves. I headed out to various forested hills which surround Pattaya (within 20 of city). All the locals deny snakes exist anywhere near Pattaya but I know this to be false. In fact in 5 visits, I have found a number of snakes in these areas including a Monocled Cobra and a Malayan Pit Viper. I kept my distance from both. Ask any local where the SNAKES are and invariably they tell you that you need to travel long distances to find them – Absolute tripe. Although I’ve never seen a snake in Pattaya city, I do think they are likely to be present near deserted scrub within the city. Pity there aren’t any snakes on Pattaya Beach Road which could help control the rats which scuttle around here every night ammusing and shocking tourists. The thing is, if there were snakes here, the locals would likely kill and eat them including harmless snakes.

Chris Schafer
5 years ago

Hey Vern,

I too have a passion for reptiles, especially snakes. I have traveled to several states and countries to search for snakes. I bought property in Costa Rica in 2005, and operated a free snake removal service to the area. Sadly, I was deported (long story) Anyway, I am looking at Thailand. There is a youtube video of me releasing snakes. Snake relocation Playa Chiquita Costa Rica should get you there. Hope to meet in the near future. Be well,


hatim ALi
5 years ago

how is life is going on, my name is hatim iv been to Thailand so many times but to be honest with you I spend all my vacation in phangyan island now I am getting old 34 years old to rave parties and planning to do something different ill be in Thailand southeast Thailand samui island how can I meet you guys and how can I organize a wild trip like your trip looking for king cobra?

Dr.lochan shastri
5 years ago

I am Dr lochand shastri from India I want to take field visit in next June. Please give me information for registration and payment.

Florin Manaila
5 years ago

I am from Romania and i want to work by venomous snakes. Do you cant help me ?

sheila Bennett
5 years ago

I live in Chiang mai and it is a drought situation here, and many snakes are around, could they be looking for water. Would it help to leave water somewhere for them to keep them off the property.

5 years ago

Hi Vern, just found your site. I discovered a small light brown coloured snake about 30cm long in my garden in Koh Samui this morning but I can’t find a picture of it on any of the sites. How can I get a pic to you so you can identify it? cheers Kapoor

5 years ago

Hello Vern,
I came accross this snake in about 1990 on the road between Chiang Rae and Mae Sae:

If I remember rightly, it was about 1.5 meters long and completely green.
Do you know what it might be?
Thanks in advance,

Tom O
4 years ago

Vern, do you have PayPal acct. so I can donate to your friend?

4 years ago

Who can handle a snake in Chiang Mai?
My daughter saw a 70cm long green snake in my house. We can’t find it.
What should I do?


Nurfa'ain Rosdin
4 years ago

Hi Vern,
Good Afternoon from Malaysia.
I am a Zoology student from University Malaysia Sarawak. I really like your work in studying about snakes. I will graduate a Bachelor’s degree in Animals Science and Resources in 2018. One of my goals is to do research about amphibians and reptiles especially snakes and publish my own research or books. I will have to take part in internship program starting from June 2017 to August 2017 (3 months). What do i have to do to apply internship at your place regarding my personal details such as resume or cover letter? Or do i need to fill in the form you provided? And can i have your email to attach some files that you want me to send?
I am so excited to start my internship at your place as this is my beginning before start doing my research for my final year project. I hope i will learn a lot of things about snakes species that you have there and continue my master and PhD about reptiles.
Please reply this message at anytime you are free :)

p/s: I am sorry if the request is inappropriate to write here, I could not find your personal email.

4 years ago

I previously commented I had seen a banded kraut in Northern Thailand near Ban Muang in Salon Nakhon province. I mistakenly said it was 275 cm long. Should have said 75 cm or about 2.5 feet long.

4 years ago

Do we earn any qualifications doing this field trip at all?

4 years ago

Iam on holiday at Koh Lipe right now, do you know what kind of snakes are living on this island? I know here is reticle pythons.
Kind regards Lennie

Stephen Siamutondo
3 years ago

I am Stephen, from Africa, Zambia. Here we have serious snakes, very vicious and highly poisonous. We even have the notorious crowing crested cobra which science denies it exists and says it’s a myth. We have it here. It is the largest and longest venomous snake, some attaining a length close to 20 meters. If you are really a snake enthusiaste come to Zambia. I will personally take you to areas unexplored by science and show you live the king of snakes the crowing crested serpent. It’s territorial. I will take you to it’s marked territory but you dont have to enter or get too close. If you do it will be to your peril. In the night you can hear it crowing like a cockereal. It’s a marvel. One man who had close encounter with it was so frightened with it’s sight such that he fainted.

Lance Hollister
1 year ago

Hi Vern,

Was reading your website today and I believe I read on your site about the young man in Austin TX died from a monocled cobra bite. I lived in Dallas when that happened. Sadly it was a suicide. The snake was found dead not too far away having been run over by a vehicle.

Regards from Colorado

Chris Toal
1 year ago

I live in Pennsylvania. A few years ago these 3 idiots were consuming a lot of beer at one of there residences where one of them had a cobra as a pet in an enclosure. The more beer they drank the more stupid they became from simply flicking on the glass to opening the top and teasing this deadly animal. Sure enough one got struck by the snake, so what do they do? They go out to the neighborhood tavern for more beer. While in the bar, the individual starts foaming at the mouth so they take him out to the car and place him there while they go back in the bar. When they return to the car they have discovered he has succumbed to his bite. What are the chances of being killed by a cobra bite in Pennsylvania ? LOL

Neil Skirrow
11 months ago

Vern, have come across your website, was identifying a snake in the garden.
Very good and useful information.
I live just south of Surat as well.

5 months ago

Hi Vern, can you identify this little beauty seen in southern Thailand last night?

Colin Fawell
5 months ago

Hi Vern. I’m not sure if you’re still active, as much of the site has old dates on it, but I discovered the site this morning and have spent the past hour really enjoying your content. I live in the Soi Watcharapol area of Bangkok, and our house backs onto land owned by the Khet and officially designated as a klong, though it’s more a big lake or swamp with a lot of water hens, monitor lizards (which climb the back fence to eat the fish in our large pond), and of course many snakes.

We’ve moved a couple of pythons back over the fence, had to kill a krait that came after me (it was me or him!), and we have a lot of whip snakes, golden tree snakes, and the occasional krait and cobra. I thought you might like these pics I’ve taken over the past few years:

  1. a whip snake doing its best to swallow a jingjok,
  2. another dark green snake who managed to drag a baby monitor lizard off a tree and spent a whole day swallowing it,
  3. one of our yaams (guards) who came and caught a very long striped snake (not sure what that was),
  4. and the other pic of two jingjoks shagging – note the “grin” on one of them.

I hope the pics uploaded OK – I don’t see any note on the screen that you have them. If not, email me and I’ll be happy to send them again.

Anyway, thanks for a great and interesting website. You’ve done good.

4 months ago

Hi, Living in Thailand for 14 years, so once in a while I have to come and check out your website for information. very useful ! Thanks.

This is the 4th baby cobra (monocled) that we find near our building in Bangkok. What can we do?

(attached photos)

Brian Proulx
4 months ago

Of interest ?? Had a spectacled cobra in the yard (Lamphun) 80 cm long 2.5 cm dia. distinct loud hissing flared the hood but did not spit over lengthy daytime encounter ?? unfortunately dead so good ident. (kids & dogs here) on markings

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