Chances are pretty good that the snake you want to Identify is one of the following. Take a short look here before submitting a Snake ID Request. If you’re still unsure, or your snake doesn’t match, submit a request. Thanks!

16 thoughts on “Quick SNAKE ID”

  1. A BIG thank you VERNomous for your great website…very helpful and informative. As an Aussie, I am familiar with snake encounters, but where I’m living in Thailand is prolific with snakes.
    My Buddhist wife was urging me to kill every single snake that entered our property, but thanks to your advice, I’m now much more selective in dispatching them.
    Latest encounter saw me rescue a Gecko from the jaws of a Golden Tree Snake…good photos before the intervention.

  2. Hi,
    Today I found my dogs barking at a snake, so I ran in and got my phone to take a picture.
    Since I know nothing about snakes, I thought I would ask the expert – being you.
    If the snake is not poisonous I am happy, but if it is, then I will need to have it removed.
    I don’t believe in killing animals since we are the ones invading their habitat and I have a phone number from a local person who can take snakes away. I am based in Phuket.
    If I can have your email, I would happily send you the 2 photos I managed to get before it disappeared on me.

  3. I’m in the Chiangmai province of Thailand and spotted some holes neatly lined up along the length of my sidewalk. I’m not sure if they’re snake burrows or not, and there are many, but I did see a snake. Thankfully, it was afraid of me and darted away to a tree very fast, so I didn’t get to see its head, but doubt it’s a cobra. I can’t tell if it’s venomous or not, nor if I should be concerned. It was black, at least as fat as my thumb, short, and had one or two verticle green stripes along the length of its back. Can you tell what it is? I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture, but just in case it’s dangerous I don’t want to search it out just to take a photo.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Jess,

      It was black with 2 stripes down the length of the body – like from head or neck to tail? Stripes on the top of the back, or down on the side? I can’t even guess at the moment. Nothing coming to mind.

  4. I saw about ten small snakes on my farm near Lampang yesterday (all seemingly the same species) very similar in appearance to the Indo-Chinese Rat Snake, approx 50 cm in length and quite slender with a dark brown back and two slightly darker lines running along the entire length of the back. The belly was white with two broad pink stripes running the length of the belly with black scales dotted around on the belly. A local man said they were venomous, but he is not an expert. There are loads of monocled cobras on our land, which I am now fairly familiar with, and it didn’t look anything like that. Any idea what these snakes might be? The most distinctive feature was the two broad pink stripes running longitudinally along the ventral surface. Also, we almost accidentally ran over a tiny cobra which was crossing the road on our motorcycle driving home yesterday afternoon. It reared up, flared it’s hood and struck at our motorcycle. I’m starting to worry a bit about safety. We have removed log piles, cut the long grass, plowed the fields, removed bamboo, don’t seem to have many rats or mice, don’t keep any chickens etc, so am wondering what else we can do to deter the venomous snakes (esp monocled cobras) from hanging around here. We’re completely surrounded by rice paddies and have a small creek running through the land. Locals suggest planting lime trees, but that sounds like an old-wives-tale. Our neighbor’s two dogs routinely kill small cobras on our land… I’m not sure how long they will get away with it before they get bitten. I was considering traps, but to be honest, I don’t like to kill snakes unless I absolutely have to.

    • Wow Sam, sounds like a real snake paradise over there. I’m a bit jealous… OK, so you know they weren’t monocled cobras… but what were they, I’m trying to guess. Were the pink stripes on the venter BRIGHT pink? Like almost fluorescent pink? If yes, they may have been one of the kukri snakes, or coral snakes. The striped kukri I believe has the pink venter with black spots. Gotta check that. Yes. Oligodon taeniatus. Look that snake up. Is that it?

      Dogs and cobras don’t mix well. Especially spitting cobras. Hope the dogs don’t have a problem sometime! So sad to see dogs die and go blind from cobra venom.

  5. Hi, just want to ask you a question about the butler wolf snake on your site. I want to ask you if you are sure about this. I have (i think) found one in the garden yesterday but it seems that it normally not lives as far north as chiang mai, this is where i come from. I have a small picture taken and can share it with you if you can give me some kind of email address. Thanks and hope to hear from you…


  6. Hi,
    I live in Phroa from time to time. We have experienced a family of snakes which are approximately 150 mm in length. they are all black with red rings around their torso. These rings go around the body not over the body. Any ideas what they maybe?

    • No idea. Send a photo to me – use the contact page to get my email. Cheers… contact page

  7. Hi. My wife has spotted a big snake on a tree at our garden this morning. Is it possible to let us know if we need to do anything and what would the next step be if we do?
    We fairly new here and have 2 small children always playing in the garden.
    I have a picture but not sure how to load up.
    Thanks for your help.

  8. Hi Vern. Couple of questions for you. We have an old coconut field which seems to be good for snake lovers, we have had so far, whip snakes, golden tree snakes, rat snakes and a couple of young Pythons. We have a pond and I saw a Plumbeous water snake there just yesterday. What got me worried though is the burrows we found… my wife spotted a head coming out of one, she said the head was trianglular with a thin body so I assumed a whip snake but they don’t live in burrows or frequent them as far as I know. She may have mistook it for a young Pit Viper but do they come in Green, and do they burrows. It could have been visiting a rat burrow for lunch also, we have plenty of them too. Any insight gratefully received.

    • Hmm. Impossible to say. In burrows you’ll find monitors, rodents, and other lizards. Kraits like to look in burrows, as do cobras. Tree snakes? I don’t think they’d go in. Vipers? Hmm… again, I think they are not really burrow dwellers but I saw one Mangrove Pit Viper (T. purpureomaculatus) checking out a crab burrow one time. :P


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