I've not had to many run ins with snakes in the 11 years I've been living here. Never seen a really huge one except at Phuket Zoo
.. oh and I have seen banded sea snakes many times while diving in the Similan Islands
- they are really poisonous but totally ignore divers. Snakes are a fact of life here. Our house is close to a big tree-covered hill, not in the middle of town, so we do expect a snake now and then. A couple of years ago, we'd get one every week, but normally just small things. A couple of baby cobras... which makes you think "where's mama?". We have had hardly any in the last 2 years - we have 2 cats which I think is enough to deter snakes.
My wife called me at work a few weeks ago saying she'd seen a big one in the garden but it had slithered away, then she saw it hanging on a tree next to our house. We do worry about snakes since we have 2 kids. She was worried this one would come back - and it did! I saw it hanging on the gate a couple of days later - about 3 feet long, green colour, and aggressive. It really did not like being hit with a spade. Liked it even less on the second hit. Well, I'm not a killer, but I'm not a vegetarian either and don't want a poisonous snake near my kids!
Today a Phuket resident posted a photo on Facebook, a snake that was in his garden yesterday. It is venomous? (he asked). Damn right - here's the snake below:
It's a red necked keelback. I did some reading and found a great website about snakes in Thailand - www.thailandsnakes.com
- anything you want to know about snakes in Thailand is here - lots of pictures, some videos, explanations of which snakes are venomous / dangerous.. it says of the red necked keelback
: "Be very careful not be be bitten by these snakes. There is NO ANTI-VENIN available yet for these snakes." My friend (whose house is just a few hundred meters from mine, called the local police and they sent a team to deal with it, and they let it go! Hey, it might come to our house! I prefer to whack with a spade first, ask questions later. I have been reading the snakes in Thailand
website this evening in order to recognise some of the real nasty ones like the Malayan Pit Viper
. Never seen one, don't want to!