Snake in the Grass – Meaning?

A common phrase and saying in the USA is to say someone is a real SNAKE IN THE GRASS. Why is that? What does it mean? The Meaning of “Snake in the Grass” Snakes cause fear in most people because they just don’t understand them. I mean, there isn’t that much to understand on the surface, they are animals that eat other animals and they prefer to stay FAR away from human beings. They have no reason...

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Thailand Snakes Overview Video

[Last Updated: 28 November 2019] Here is some general information about snakes in Thailand to put your mind at ease about the danger of venomous snakes in the country. There is little to be afraid of if you are coming to visit Thailand for a few days, even a month. You are not likely to see any snakes at all unless you are out specifically looking for them. Even then, sometimes when I go looking, I don’t...

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Oriental Whip Snake – Mildly Venomous and Not Dangerous

The oriental whip snake is a very common rear-fanged venomous snake found here in Thailand’s rain forests. You can find these snakes in the trees during the day, I have even seen them crossing my path twice on trips up a small local mountain in southern Thailand. The beauty of these snakes is legendary. There are green, yellow, or grey phases of this snake, all of which are spellbindingly beautiful. The juvenile whip snakes are often brown...

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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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Puff Faced Water Snake – Non Venomous – Not Dangerous

[Page Updated: 28 November 2019] Homalopsis buccata (Puff-faced Water Snake) Thai – (ngu hua galog, ngu leuam ao) Size – Average length around 70 cm. Maximum about 120 centimeters. The young are very thin – like a pencil. The adults are thick – like a forearm or even a human leg. Description – Triangular head distinct from neck. Color varies quite a bit. Brown with incomplete orange bands on the dorsum and laterals, or brown with beige bands,...

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Brown Whip Snake – Dryophiops rubescens – Not Dangerous

Here is a whip snake that was a bit of a mystery for a while, my first one was finally identified by an American expat snake researcher in Bangkok – Michael Cota in 2007. This snake is found in Southern Thailand. We’ve found some in Krabi province of Thailand. There were a couple found in the southernmost provinces – near Narathiwat – near the Malaysian border. Dryophiops rubescens (Keel-bellied Whip Snake) Also known as: Red Whip Snake,...

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Thailand Ticks – Cautions, Tips

Thailand Tick Diseases Lyme Disease This tick-borne disease is more common than you might think. My brother back in the states just came down with Lyme disease. He noticed the tick bite early on and was treated for it in just a couple of days, but if left unchecked, serious complications can arise. I worked in a retirement home for a few months in my early twenties. A 32-year-old woman whose mind was wrecked by Lyme disease...

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Thailand Snake Note – Bitten by Snake?

DO YOU KNOW WHICH SNAKE BIT YOU? IF YES, CLICK ONE: Monocled Cobra Spitting Cobra King Cobra Krait Pit Viper Russel’s Viper Coral Snake Red-necked or Other Keelback If you are bitten by a snake in Thailand or anywhere in Southeast Asia: 1. Lay down on the ground and be calm. Many bites – around 50% – are “DRY” bites, meaning, there is no venom transferred during the bite. 2. Find someone to help you get to...

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Plumbeous Water Snake – Venomous – Not Dangerous

The Plumbeous Water Snake (AKA: Rice Paddy Snake) is a venomous snake, though it is not dangerous to humans. [Page Updated: 28 November 2019] Enhydris plumbea (Plumbeous Water Snake, and Rice Paddy Snake Thais say: (ngoo bping) Length: average length for these snakes is about 50cm (19 inches) Range: The plumbeous water snake is found all over Thailand as well as nearly all of southeast Asia. Habitat: Near or in water. Lakes, streams, rivers, puddles, marshes, any...

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Thailand Snake Photos – Malayan Pit Viper

This lovely 1 meter long Malayan Pit Viper was submitted by a reader of Thailand Snakes (.com), John Helm in Jomtien Beach, near Pattaya, Thailand. The photo was taken on 3/7/11. John moved the snake from his patio over a wall separating his house from some heavy bush. These snakes appear to be lazy, or not aggressive – and John said this as well. However, they are violent strikers and can hit you from further than you...

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