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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 … Read more

Brown Kukri Snake – Non Venomous – Not Dangerous

Oligodon purpurascens (Brown Kukri Snake) Thais say:┬áNgoo koot Appearance: Typical kukri shape – not long, but thick snakes with a short tail and no real separation between neck and head. Very small head. Pattern on top of head indicative of most kukri species. Venter is creme or pink. Length: Average just under 1 meter (about … Read more

King Cobra – Largest Venomous Snake in World

King Cobra - Worst Snake to be Bitten By in Thailand. Death can occur in 10 minutes.

KING COBRA (Ophiophagus hannah – Thailand King Cobra) In Greek, ‘snake eater.’ Sometimes called ‘Hamadryad.’ Discovered and described by Danish naturalist, Theodore Edward Cantor in 1836. The species name, hannah reflects the snake’s arboreal habits, from Greek mythology it refers to tree dwelling nymphs of the same name. IDENTIFICATION Ophiophagus hannah occupies its own genus, … Read more

Malayan Krait – Blue Krait | Bungarus candidus | Highly Toxic Venom

Note – About 50% of all bites from this krait results in human death – even with the administration of antivenin (antivenom). Death is the usual result if no treatment is given. The closely related Bungarus multicinctus is ranked 3rd in the world for the toxicity of venom based on some LD-50 data (terrestrial snakes). … Read more

Red Necked Keelback Caught on a Night Herping Trip

Just a pic – wanted to share this Thailand snake before I forgot…. Rhabdophis subminiatus, Red-necked keelback. Venomous and dangerous. A boy, 12 yrs old, in Phuket, Thailand was in the Bangkok hospital for 2 weeks after a bite from this snake. The venom specifically attacks the kidneys. Once thought to be harmless – these … Read more