Snakes of Vietnam

Vietnam snakes – Wilderness Safety

US soldiers in the American War used to say that there are 100 types of snakes in Vietnam—99 were poisonous, and the last one could crush you to death. The real numbers are more like 140 species, around 30 of which are poisonous, including the famous King Cobra. The danger for tourists is low, but nearly 30,000 Vietnamese rice farmers get bitten every year, mostly by stepping on hidden snakes. If you’re walking through national parks or rice paddies, make sure to wear long pants and appropriate shoes; if you see a snake, maintain a respectful distance. If it has a triangular head (as many poisonous snakes do), simply leave the area. Snake bites, even poisonous ones, aren’t usually life-threatening if treated quickly and properly. Don’t bother snakes, and they shouldn’t bother you.

New snake species found in Vietnam

September 26, 2007—This white-lipped keelback snake is one of 11 new species recently discovered in central Vietnam, the conservation nonprofit WWF announced today. The snake, which can reach 31 inches (78 centimeters) in length, lives near streams where it can easily catch frogs. The reptile sports a white stripe resembling a mustache across its upper lip. Scientists found the new species during WWF studies in 2005 and 2006 in a tropical region dubbed the Green Corridor in the Annamites mountain range of Thua Thien Hue Province.

Cobra Encounter in Vietnam

In December of 1968, I was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Platoon, 1st of the 50th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam. I was an infantry platoon leader and our job was to perform search and clear patrols and set up ambushes for the enemy. Many times while on patrol we would encounter snakes. Some members of my platoon told of snakes crawling over them during nighttime ambushes, having no idea whether the snake was venomous or not. That could make for a long night.

Vietnam War Stories about snakes

In late 1969, I commanded Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province, South Vietnam, the nuoc mam capital of the World. Whether by coincidence or design, the province is also home to many varieties of venomous snakes. In fact, Vietnam is home to some of the world’s deadliest snakes such as asian cobras, king cobras, coral snakes, kraits, and numerous vipers and pit vipers.

Reptiles of Vietnam/Thailand (photos)

Just returned from a holiday in Vietnam and Thailand. Here’s a bunch of herps i managed to get photos of. Snakes are 1. Burmese Python (Python molurus), 2. Red Necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminatus), 3. Radiated rat snake (Elaphe radiata). Banded Kukri Snake (Oligodon spp.)

Venemous snakes of Vietnam

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