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Snake Poll Survey Results – What is Thailand’s Most Common Snake?

This poll question has been running for a long time. 182 Readers voted and the results are below.

What is Thailand’s Most Common Snake?

Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata) (35%, 63 Votes)
Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia) (16%, 30 Votes)
Malayan Pit Viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma) (12%, 21 Votes)
Bronzeback Snake (Dendrelaphis pictus) (9%, 17 Votes)
Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) (8%, 15 Votes)
Red Necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus) (8%, 15 Votes)
Copperheaded Racer (Coelognathus radiatus) (7%, 13 Votes)
Other? Leave in comments, I may add it to the poll (5%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 182

Here’s my list of the 8 most common snakes that I see – day or night:

1. Indo-Chinese Rat Snake (Ptyas korros)
2. Copperheaded Racer (Coelognathus radiata)
3. Keeled Rat Snake (Ptyas carinatus)
4. Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)
5. Red-Necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus)
6. Red-Tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum)
7. Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)
8. Puff-faced Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata)

That’s just what I usually see, doesn’t mean it’s accurate for all of Thailand, in fact, it surely isn’t.

Some weeks I might see 8 Monocled Cobras. Some weeks I might see 10 Golden Tree snakes. It just depends. During certain times of the year I see more of one type of snake than another. Of course daylight and night time hours reveal different active snakes.

I’ll put up another poll, this one has run stale after about a year.

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Snake posts by Vern Lovic. Amateur herpetologist roaming about Thailand on field herping tours and events to find king cobras, kraits, vipers, corals, keelbacks, and other snakes native to Thailand. FYI - Thailand has over 200 snake species. Here's our latest book with detailed information on Thailand's 35 Deadly Snakes. "Is That Snake In Your House Dangerous? Identify Deadly Thailand Snakes In Under 5 Minutes!" INFO HERE.

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