[Page Updated 21 November 2019]
Here I’ll answer common questions about the snakes of Thailand.
What are the most viewed pages on ThailandSnakes.com?
- Snake Identification
- Common Non-venomous Snakes
- Common Venomous Snakes
- Black Snakes, Green, Yellow/Black, White/Black
- What to Do for a Snakebite?
- King Cobra Facts and Photos
- Photos of Common Snakes 1 2
How can I contact you?
What snakes are in Thailand?
There are over 200 snake species in Thailand. Common snakes in Thailand include venomous and non-venomous species. We have cobras, pit vipers, coral snakes, kraits, and one keelback on the venomous side. Non-venomous snakes include tree and whip snakes, rat snakes, racers, kukri snakes, cat-eyed snakes, pipe snakes, keelbacks, freshwater and marine snakes.
Am I at risk for snakebite in Thailand?
Watch the Thailand Snakes Overview video here.
What is field herping for Snakes?
Are there a lot of snakes in Thailand?
Yes, there are plenty! Are you likely to see a snake in Thailand on your vacation? No. Maybe there is a 2% chance you’ll even see a snake during your vacation. If you are LOOKING for snakes for hours at a time on your vacation, there is about a 60% chance you’ll see one.
Are there snakes in Phuket?
Yes, there are lots of snakes in Phuket. Again, you are not likely to see one unless you’re dedicated to looking for them in the forest or on the edge of forest or lots of greenery.
Are there snakes in Bangkok? Chiang Mai? Koh Samui? Phi Phi? Railay Beach?
Yes, there are snakes all over the country – in big cities and on islands. There are very few snakebites in Thailand by venomous snakes, and the public hospitals all are supposed to have antivenom for dangerous snakes. Visit the hospital after any bite to reassure yourself that you’ll recover fine.
Where can I get good snake gear?
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What should I do if bitten by a snake in Thailand?
1. Remember as much about the snake as you can and get to the hospital immediately. Snakes are very hard to identify. Some Thailand snakes can cause severe symptoms in as little as 10 minutes with a good bite.
2. Don’t waste time sitting around waiting for symptoms to arise before going to the hospital. Minutes are crucial with venomous snakes.
3. If you can’t get to a hospital yourself, look at the emergency phone numbers in the upper right of this page.
HERE is a better page telling what to do for snakebite in Thailand.
How common are venomous snakes in Thailand?
Very, very common, but you’re not likely to see one during your stay of 1-2 weeks. If you live in Thailand, you will see them eventually.
Where are most venomous snakes located in Thailand?
They are literally all over Thailand. Many of the venomous snakes here in Thailand call vast stretches of Asia their home.
Should I kill all the snakes I see around my house?
No, for 2 reasons.
1. The snake may bite you during your attempt.
2. There are Thai ‘snake guys’ in every town that can take the snake away for you without killing it. Reach them by having a Thai person call the police and asking them to send the snake guys to your location.
How strong is the venom of Thailand snakes?
Very strong in some cases. The cobras and kraits are especially dangerous and able to incapacitate you quickly. King cobras have killed a number of people (that I know) in 10 minutes or less.. A baby krait less than 10 inches long, in Burma (same as we have in Thailand) killed a world famous herpetologist – Joe Slowinski in 30 hours because he couldn’t reach a hospital with a ventilator and other crucial technology. If you haven’t read the story – it’s a great book | The Snake Charmer >
Which is the most deadly snake in Thailand?
Krait (any Thailand species) venom is probably the most potent against humans. It acts on the nervous system, killing the nerve impulses. This paralyzes muscles and eventually causes respiratory failure. The good news is, you are very, very unlikely to see a krait in Thailand.
The snake that kills the most people in Thailand is probably the Malayan Pit Viper. Impossible to say with any confidence because accurate statistics are not easily found here.
Which Thailand snake kills the most people?
The Malayan Pit Viper, the Malayan krait, and the Banded krait kill more people in Thailand than other snakes. Another very dangerous snake is the Russell’s Viper which is found in certain parts of Thailand. Russell’s vipers kill more people worldwide than any other snake on the planet.
Keep in mind that a vast number of snake bite cases go unreported, or deaths are reported as something else. With krait bites, they can occur at night as someone rolls over on one. The bite can be painless and the person wakes up paralyzed and soon dies, because nobody knows what happened. They are probably assumed to have passed away during sleep.
What should I do if I encounter a snake in the forest?
If it is on the ground and you are close to it – within 1 meter, you should very slowly move back away from it. Cobras which have already hooded up like to strike when you are backing away fast. If you go slow enough that they cannot tell you are backing away – you’ll probably be OK.
If it is green and in a tree you should move back quickly from it. Vipers have heat sensing organs that will trigger the snake to bite automatically if it feels like you present danger.
If it’s a viper on the ground (green or brown) – same idea, move as fast as you can away.
What Does “Snake in the Grass” Mean?
See this page.
What Are Snakes Afraid Of?
Many things! Here is some info.