Snakes of South Korea

Forum discussion on venemous snakes of South Korea

The poisonous one here is called “salmosa” or “mamushi” in Japanese. It is a viper (adder) and tends to be tan/brown, with darker markings along the body. I’ve seen two – both alive and both hiking – one on Bukhansan and one on Gwanaksan, and I’ve been warned on other mountains by Korean hikers to watch out. I guess the bite could kill you if you were unlucky and didn’t get to the hospital fast. (Apparently without antivenin, the recommended treatment would include dialysis). It would at least make you pretty sick, and according to photos I saw someplace, the salmosa’s venom can do some pretty raunchy (ie tissue degenerating) things to fingers, toes, etc. Anyway, I suppose a lot more snakes get it from Koreans than vice versa

Snake bites in South Korea

U.S. Forces Korea officials are warning their troops not to play with snakes: South Korea is home to four species of venomous and potentially deadly snakes.

One servicemember learned that lesson firsthand recently when he was bitten by a mamushi pit viper while clearing brush at his off-post home in Pyeongtaek — home to Osan Air Base and Camp Humphreys.

The man killed the snake and brought it with him to an off-base hospital, where he was treated, according to military officials.

Venemous snakes of South Korea

List of reptiles of Korea – Wikipedia

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