Thailand Snake Identification
Posted 25 August 2012 - 06:32 PM
I've realised that we have to brush up on species recognition. Obviously I know what a Cobra looks like. I also know what a Banded Krait looks like. I can recognise a Chain Viper... but I really have to get up to speed on this...
I plan on posting pics in this thread of the snakes as and when I see them (assuming I can get the camera quick enough)... The following images were taken a couple of nights ago. We went outside after dark to pick some Papaya and I noticed this battle going on between two snakes... the larger one killing the smaller one by constricting it. The images aren't so clear because I was trying not to get too close. I nudged the coiled snake with a long pole, alarming it and it instantly uncoiled and slid off rapidly into the fields behind the house. The small very young snake, subsequently pictured in the second picture, was already nearly dead and immobile. Would anybody care to have a stab at ID'ing them before I do?...
Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:17 AM
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:11 AM
I have become quite familiar with Thai snakes, more or less forced after I nearly died of a snake bite 4 years ago.
From that moment I got fascinated (not scared) by snakes and the feeling of not being scared when you know what snake it is is great, plus you don't need to kill the snake, just relocate it if it;s too close to your house. Of course I'm still very careful with the venomous snakes but they are only 10% of the snakes you encounter, 90% is harmless.
Since then I have relocated quite some snakes and felt good, they lived here loooong before human mankind showed up, it's their country
Posted 10 September 2012 - 08:18 AM
My 'Thai girl' found and slaughtered it. At the local hospital they simply googled and declared it to be a Laotian wolf snake and held me under observation for 24 hours.
By god it hurt but I didn't quite die.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:18 PM
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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:05 PM
No side affects from the sting other than reddening of the skin and a little swelling.
Lady who saw the scorpion sting me didn't hesiate to smack the life out of said scorpion and promply chuck it out the window.
Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:43 AM
Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:07 AM
It was very small, with a black background and bright yellow rings around it not far apart, maybe spaced every 1 cm. It was tiny, about a foot long, so seemingly not a threat. It didn't stick around long.
I just tried to identify it on-line and it seems it could be a baby mangrove snake, although hopefully that's not right. They're not lethal but can grow quite large, 2 1/2 meters, and are mildly poisonous and can be aggressive (per a few minutes search).
He didn't look like the adult versions but did resemble these younger ones. Automatically killing things around the house isn't something we usually do but maybe not such a bad idea for snakes.
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