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Red Tailed Racer – Non-Venomous – Not Dangerous

Gonyosoma oxycephalum, the red-tailed racer is a common Thailand rat snake which forages on the ground and primarily in the trees and bushes for birds and eggs.

[Last Updated: 6 June 2022] These Red Tailed Racers are beautiful green snakes (งูเขียว) with a grey or reddish tail. They are non-venomous but big enough to give you a strong bite. These snakes live for about 15 years on average – if they don’t encounter a predator like the King cobra. Gonyosoma oxycephalum (Red … Read more

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 … Read more

Wagler’s Pit Viper – Venomous and Dangerous

Venomous Wagler's pit viper striking in the rainforest.

Tropidolaemus wagleri – also called: Wagler’s Pit viper; temple viper; bamboo snake; speckled pit viper [Last Updated: 28 November 2019] Thais say: ngoo keow took geh Length: Average length of 60 cm. Male smaller than female. Female maximum length at 100 cm. Appearance: Wagler’s pit viper is a short green (งูเขียว) pit viper and the female … Read more

Brown-Spotted Green Pit Viper – Venomous and Dangerous

Trimeresurus venustus, previously Cryptelytrops venustus (Brown-spotted Green Pit Viper, Beautiful Pit Viper) [Last Updated: 28 November 2019] Appearance: Green snake (งูเขียว) with brown or reddish-orange scales which may form bands across the width of the snake. Triangular pit viper head. Thais Say: Haang Ham tai Length: average 40-70 cm Range: Chumpon to Krabi Province in Thailand. I … Read more

Green Keelback – Assumed Venomous

Rhabdophis nigrocinctus (Green Keelback) [Last Updated: 26 November 2019] Thai: (noo ly sab keow kwan dam) Appearance: Green snake (งูเขียว) with thin black bands down the length of the body, a pink and red neck and head with strong black diagonal lines from the eyes – similar to other Thailand keelbacks. Length: Up to 90 … Read more