Snakes are the most feared animal in the city…but only a few can hurt humans, and even they prefer to avoid people. In fact, snakes are a beneficial part of Thailand’s ecosystem. Bangkok’s snakes feed on the city’s mice and rats, helping control those rodent populations and reducing crop loss and the spread of disease. Some of the smaller snakes eat insect larvae and help to control ant and termite populations in the city.
However, every year a number of people in Bangkok are bitten by dangerously venomous snakes. For information on what to do if you are bit by a potentially dangerous snake, go to the snakebite page.
Green camouflage is an adaptation for some snakes that live in bushes and trees. Many people believe that all green snakes are dangerous, but in fact only the vipers are mildly venomous and they can be distinguished by the shape of their head.
Brown or Black Snakes
Of course, other snakes that spend their time near the ground or on large trees would prefer to be much drabber in color. Here are a few snakes who are primarily brown or black without significant markings
Many ground and water snakes are brownish in color with various types of bands on their body. Their colors can vary, so the important characteristics to distinguish them are the size of their bodies and the shape and distinction of their bands.
There are a number of brownish Bangkok snakes with various blotches on their body. Most are easy to distinguish by the shape and position of the blotches.
A few of Bangkok’s snakes have a variety of striped patterns
These “blind” snakes can be distinguished from worms because they have eyes, a tongue, and hard scales. Their lack of features makes them difficult to identify, and so a scale count is often necessary to tell the species apart.