7 Types of Ants in Your Pants in Thailand

(Page Updated: 30 December 2016)

I woke up last night again with ants forming a trail across my shoulder to get to some Lay’s potato chip remnants that must have been on my shirt and the bed. Seems whenever I watch a movie in bed and have the mandatory 20 baht bag of Lay’s, I wake up with ant bites all over. This has happened four times now and it doesn’t matter how careful I am about eating the chips – the crumbs are still falling somehow.

I am fascinated by the ants. I think it’s because I see humans as the ants of the world. I like watching us to see how we’re dealing with adversity. I watch the ants to see – do they deal with it in the same way or differently? Do they have anything to teach us? So far, the answer is definitely no. But, that doesn’t mean they’re not fascinating to me…

Thais’ ignore the ants. If I wasn’t around, my girlfriend wouldn’t even see them. They don’t bother her. I know this because when we first were dating and she stayed in her own room every time I went to her room there would be parades of ants leading to and from whatever food she had left on her plate on the floor. I watched to see – would she flip out over it like me? Nope. Not a concern at all. If ants aren’t biting her – she could care less what they’re doing. They could take over the apartment and she’d walk around them.

This morning as I got bit by an “Annoying Red Biter” – a smaller one, I realized… there are a lot of different types of ants in Thailand. I know about 7 kinds. I’m sure there are more. Here’s a little about each of the seven I’m aware of so you’ll know… some do damage, some not at all. Some are actually smart!

Sugar Ants or Sweet Ants

These I see at restaurants in the northeast a lot. They are almost microscopic they’re so small. They are a light tan color and no bigger than two heads of a pin. Actually smaller. Hmm, they are small like two periods of a sentence written here. They are very slow and maybe don’t appear to be moving at all they’re so slow. Or, they’re camped out grubbing on some sugar, chocolate, or jelly (jam) of some sort. If you start to kill them they do nothing different that what they were doing before. You can wipe out the entire colony in ten minutes as they keep sending ants right into the bloodbath from the home-base. They haven’t learned that dead ants around them might mean they too might meet the same fate. These are really dumb ants. They are virtually harmless – they don’t bite. At least that’s what the restaurant owner at Choke Dees near Tung C. Muang Park in Ubon told me.

Psycho Black Hyper-Speed Ants

These are psychotic little black ants that are maybe twice the size of the sugar ants described above. They are erratic little cusses that seem to be doing nothing in particular. They run about ‘willy-nilly‘ as my mom and grandmother used to say about us kids when we were little. Willy nilly is running around without any kind of purpose in a random fashion that bugs people. These ants are they same. They run around in short bursts of speed in random directions with no apparent goal. The only time they stop for any length of time is when they’ve come upon a fly or cockroach to eat. They then pool together and drag their food across door thresholds, up and down steps, up walls, etc. It’s so weird to see three ants pulling on one roach antennae like kids doing a tug of war contest. It appears that every ant is pulling a different direction. Sometimes the roach spins in circles until they get coordinated.

These appear to be ridiculously dim ants. If you attempt to squash them they turn into turbo psycho black hyper-speed ants and run in the most bizarre random patterns that your mind cannot duplicate. You cannot guess where they are headed next because their evolution has made them smarter than human beings in this limited area. However, it doesn’t take one long to realize that if you fake like you’re gonna squash one he stops for an instant to decide which way to run from your descending finger. At that point you can squash him. If you happen to squash one of them all the sudden six will appear from thin air and they’ll all be running these crazy patterns that mess with your mind and make you anxious and frantic like you need to kill them all immediately. If you do succeed in killing those six, twenty more will come. And so on. These ants also don’t understand the elementary fact that dead ants around them means they might also end up dead. Eventually you’ll kill a hundred or so before ants stop coming to see what’s up.

Geckos love to stand outside the hole in the floor leading to a nest of these dumb ants because they can eat smorgasbord style until they’re full. They just keep coming out and getting eaten, never smartening up.

These ants do not bite but just by virtue of being so fast they can quickly cover your leg and make you nuts because they are running scatterbrained all over you and giving you the creepy crawlies.

Red Devils

This is the ant I find in bed with me in the middle of the night. The only reason I know it’s in bed with me is that it’s biting from the time it feels warm skin beneath it. They bite immediately – like a centipede – for no apparent reason except they think because we’re warm, we are food. These ants are similar to the fire ants of Florida and the rest of the USA – the ones that migrated from South America so many years back. They are reddish brown, thick, and shiny. They have pincers if you look closely at their mouths. They inject a burning poison when they bite that is similar to a centipede’s sting – though on a much smaller scale. These are larger than the Psycho Black Hyper-Speed ants mostly in thickness, but they’re also longer by maybe half a body length.

These ants love food that people like. I think it’s the fat, though they eat just about anything. Chicken, Lay’s chips, banana cupcakes from Tesco… all appear to be favorites. I don’t think they like fruit and veggies. Oh, I’ve seen about a hundred thousand of them cover a nest of chicken eggs – forcing the hen away as they devoured scraps of chicken placenta left from the recent hatchlings. These are the ants that will always be in your garbage if you leave the bag outside for ten minutes.

Their bites hurt initially and then the pain disappears for a few hours. Then, usually at night for some weird reason, the spot they bit will start to itch intensely, driving some people to insanity if they have more than ten bites or so. Usually small red bumps will form. Later, in a day or so the red bumps will get a white dot on the top – this is, I think, your white blood cells that went in to fight the poison. Eventually your body wins and the red bumps go away. Some, like me – scratch them off. I have seen some Thai kids with horrible scars all over their legs where I think these ants got them repeatedly and the kids must be allergic to them or something. You’ve likely seen Thai people with horrible bug bite scars on their legs too if you’ve been here any length of time.

These ants are slow moving and fairly smart. If they see friends dying around them they’ll stop sending in others to be slaughtered.

Large Black Biters

These are like the regular black ants you might see in your country. Large, about twice as big as the Red Devil and not moving erratically. They appear to be on a mission of some sort. They don’t attack people at first opportunity like Red Devils but if you start killing them they’ll latch onto your skin and bite. They don’t hurt as much as the Red Devils, but after ten bites or so you’ll get aggravated and exterminate them all. These are fairly smart ants that run and hide when their friends start dying. I don’t see these ants very often.

Large Red 180’s

I call them 180’s because this is what their ant IQ appears to be. I look at the Red Devils as having a 100 IQ – normal in the ant kingdom. They understand death around them means death to themselves and they scat. The Psycho Black Hyper-Speed ants come in at around 80 IQ. The Sugar Ants don’t have an IQ – they are dumb like mud. The Large Black Biters are at 100 also as they demonstrate some basic intelligence regarding fearing death.

Why are these large red ants called 180’s? To me these are the smartest and coolest ants in Thailand. In fact, these ants rival mice in their intelligence. They can usually be seen outside walking along a fence or tree. They prefer outdoors – as I do. That’s smart to start with. Outdoors is where ants belong – on the ground and climbing trees. I’ve not seen these ants indoors here in Thailand – ever. They understand humans live indoors and don’t want ants living with them. Again, smart.

These ants if you look at them closely have heads and eyes. Yes I know, all ants do. But you can differentiate their heads and eyes. Not only that, but they will LOOK AT YOU and check you out if you get a finger or nose close enough. They’ll stop their marching and look up at you. If they can grab on to your nose they will so don’t get too close. You’ll be able to make eye-contact with these ants, which is a natural sign of intelligence. Isn’t it? I think so. It’s a sign of something. These ants have a personality. At least in my mind they do.

I like to give these ants tests. I do little experiments with them because I want to see what they do when faced with hardship. If they are marching in a procession across a fence in the back I will throw up a barrier to where they need to go and see how long it takes them to come up with another plan. They are fast. They check things out before walking over or through them. They are cautious about walking through tubes and other things laid in their paths. In the end they come up with a variety of ways to get around the barrier. They’ll go over it, around it and through it. They are very smart for the ant kingdom.

Large Red 180’s video experiment >

 

If I kill one and watch the rest. They go over to it, verify it’s dead and start telling everyone there was a friend killed over there. The entire march stops and the ants congregate until someone decides the new path to take. They alter the path so nobody else gets whacked. These are SMART ants. They don’t stop unless there is a bloodbath and you kill fifty ants or more. Then they’ll find a new path altogether – far away from the old one.

These ants will bite in self-defense. They are territorial. Meaning… if you play with their nest they will quickly cover your arm with two or three hundred of them and bite you all at once. They don’t hurt much, not even as much as the Annoying Red Biters which are much smaller.

Their nest is the coolest thing about these ants. I have no understanding how they do it as it seems impossible. They like certain leafy trees for their nests. Somehow, and I’ve seen them do it but it still doesn’t make sense, they bend the leaves together into a sort of sphere… but not really round. Let’s say into a pocket sort of. They then seal the ends of the leaves with spit or something that is like glue. When they’re finished there is a pocket of leaves – hollow on the inside. This is where the eggs are stored. The nests are covered on the outside with ants that look at you as you approach. They try to grab onto you so don’t get too close. Inside the nest are developing ant egg larvae. These larvae are edible. In fact, here is a short video of me eating some at a restaurant in Isaan a long time ago. A woman came selling the ant eggs in a bag. I bought 10 baht worth. I mixed them with some soup as I wasn’t sure what I was in for. They weren’t bad. A little acidic flavor is all I can really say about the taste. It wasn’t offensive, but not worth 10 baht a handful either.

 
Eating Large Red 180’s Eggs in my Soup video >

Thai people collect the nests of these ants since they can sell the eggs for 10 baht a handful. At least to farangs that don’t have a clue how much to pay for them they can. If you’re wondering how these ants get an IQ rating of 180 if they are dumb enough to let humans harvest their eggs for consumption it’s because the scales are different. An ant IQ of 180 means a human IQ of about 50. See? lol. Anyway – these are the coolest ants and if you get a chance stick your face down within a couple inches and watch them watching you watching them.

Annoying Red Biters

These are red ants that are smaller than the Red Devils and that bite, though they don’t hurt near as much as the Red Devils. It’s amazing that an ant of this size can hurt at all but if you try an experiment where you put one on the back of your hand and watch him bite and try not to kill him as he sinks into your skin you’ll have quite an appreciation for the amount of pain this tiny little thing can cause you. Multiply that by ten or a hundred like when you get them on your towel you’re drying off with after a shower – like I have before and you’ll understand why they’re annoying. Get one or two on your privates – like I have – and again, you’ll have a real appreciation, understanding, and some learning will have taken place. You’ll likely never again pick up a towel after a shower without checking for these pests. Guys, try to explain to your spouse or partner that the swollen red bump on your privates was caused by an ant. No fun.

These ants are dumb but not profoundly dumb. I’m assigning them an IQ of 90. They do alter their course if some are killed. They choose a new course, but it’s so close to the old path that the entire population could almost be wiped out. I say almost because these are slow ants that have secret hiding places for their nest. I’ve never seen where a nest is for these ants. They appear to live everywhere and call nowhere home. You can never get rid of all of these ants as they are on the walls, floor, doors, in the beds, on the tables, in the restroom… they are everywhere. They are prolific and hardy because there appears to be no actual nest that you can wipe out. These are ANNOYING because they are always around.

Little Black Bastards

The small black thick ones that bite are the worst you’ll likely encounter in Thailand as they like to come in the house. These ants hurt more than the Red Devils, hence they are called Little Black Bastards. These are about the same size as the Red Devils, but maybe a bit smaller even. They are deep black and shiny. They have a large head and pincers to bite with. They move slowly which is good as they usually can’t cover you before you notice being bit. I’ve not had many encounters with these here in Thailand but I do remember being bitten and wondering – was it that ANT that just bit down on me or a crab? It was seriously much more painful than any other ant I’ve ever been bit by. These ants are not to be messed with. Kill them and kill them fast. Kill them completely. Kill them until the last one. Kill them until you are satisfied there are none in your house. Just kill them, whatever you do, kill them.

Big Red Hellfires

These are found in the jungle mostly, I’ve not seen any inside homes. These are massive red biting ants that burn more than the Red Devils and hurt more than the Black Bastards. These are ants from Hell. Thai people call them fire ants. I’ve only seen these a couple times out in the wild, but my Thai friend has been bitten by them. They HURT!

Those are the 7 types of ants I know about here in Thailand. Are there more? Probably hundreds more. Thailand is really a great place if you love wildlife. Stop looking at the nightlife and look at the wildlife!

Thailand World Record King Cobra

4 Meter King Cobra in Thailand Caught by Thai Guy(Last updated: 29 December 2016)

I was watching this video I took (below) of a local guy with a 4 meter long King Cobra he caught in someone’s house. For about the fifteenth time I compared the tail of that one with the tail of one that crossed the road behind me and went into the bushes before I could react (or breathe).

The one I saw had a tail that was easily twice as thick as this cobra’s tail. Of that I’m absolutely sure. Now, could the snake have been sick and had an abnormally thick tail that didn’t mesh with how long it was? I don’t know. Maybe. I think not, but maybe – a slight chance.

The other possibility is that the King cobra I saw was a fekking GIANT cobra in excess of the world record which is 5.85 meters (over 19 feet).

Here is my Info Fact Sheet for the King Cobra at my snake site >

How much in excess? This thing must have been 30 feet. I know that sounds ridiculous. It’s absurd for me to say it. I only know what I saw. What I saw was the last 2 meters of the snake when I turned around. My heart stopped. I’ve seen 5 meter kings before, and many 4 meter kings. This king dwarfed them.

I know you’re probably thinking it’s a case of mistaken identity, but the only other snake in Thailand that gets that big are the pythons. This looked nothing like the Burmese or Reticulated pythons. Nothing like them. It was exactly like the king’s tail. I’ve no doubt of identity.

The reason I was on that mountain was to look for snakes. King cobras especially, but I didn’t really expect to see one crossing the road. I was stopped, debating whether to walk through the rubber plantation, but the vegetation was quite high on the path and I don’t like to walk there since I’m usually in my shorts and sports sandals. I prefer the open area a bit.

I turned around to look up the road for snakes because I had been facing one direction for a while. As I did my heart jumped into my throat and I couldn’t breathe. There, behind me, was this mutant king cobra that had just crossed the road and slipped into the thick bushes and I just got to watch the tail disappear over about 3 seconds of time.

I went over to the bushes and peered in – looking for movement – but saw none. I sure as hell wasn’t going on the rubber tree plantation path anymore but I did pry the bushes for an open spot to see the snake. I didn’t see it. It took a few minutes for my breathing to get back to normal – which is odd for me. It was quite a surprise though, and when I realized it dwarfed the biggest 5m kings I’ve ever seen – it was tough to confront the reality. I probably just saw the biggest king cobra in existence.

Now, how in the world could a king cobra grow so damn big?

Kings grow largest in Malaysia – so the history has shown. Malaysia is right next to Southern Thailand.

Range of King Cobra habitation worldwide
King Cobras are found in the red areas.

The city guys that catch the cobras – like the guy below – drop them all off here at this mountain. They catch 20-50 snakes per week, many of them giant kings or pythons.

King cobras exist on a diet of almost exclusively – other snakes. Even other kings. They eat pythons, kings, rat snakes, red-tailed racers, all kinds of snakes the snake guys catch and let go on this mountain.

This giant king became a giant from eating the abundant snakes all over this mountain.

If any herpetologists want to come and look for this snake – I will show you where – and I’ll also go with you because I wouldn’t miss the chance of seeing someone catch it.

Calling all herpetologists interested in searching for a world record snake…


Here is the ThaiPulse Thailand Snake FAQ ->

Here is my Thailand Snakes Site (adding to it constantly) ->

Video of 4 meter king I shot with my cell phone:

Here are two more videos of big King Cobras in Thailand:

Big King with Open Gate ->

King Eats Red-tailed Racer ->

The State of Cats and Dogs in Thailand

Soi dog in Thailand - a sad state of affairs.

One of the first things I noticed when arriving in Thailand 12 yrs ago was the sheer number of stray cats and dogs running around.

Just this past month we’ve had four dogs and four cats coming to the house sporadically to eat whatever we put out for the one sick cat, and the the one sick dog we feed whenever they show up. The dog has started to gain weight and is looking quite a bit better. Last week the cat disappeared, never to return.

I might know what happened to the sick cat. It was emaciated and full of bugs. When we tried to touch it, it was very defensive. I just decided to feed it and give it a safe place to stay on the porch in a box, but to let it die as it would naturally. It’s a sort of Buddhist concept I’ve come to after some years.

So, what happened to it?

It was the second day that I hadn’t seen it. It was very near death, probably would have died within two or three days. Our neighbor next door, a retired police chief, was outside – I smelled the harsh cigarette smoke. I was looking for my raincoat around the porch, and I heard a couple noises and the old man grunting something under his breath. Now, it could have been anything, and I have no proof of what happened, but it sounded like maybe he was kicking the cat real hard. I think probably he killed it, and tossed it over the back wall. He has about fifteen bird cages around his house, and the cats from the entire neighborhood are always coming by to stare at them through the cages.

We have a problem with a big dog that comes up our soi every now and then, terrorizing the other dogs on the street who are behind fences. The dogs go absolutely insane for a while as this huge dog goes up to each fence and aggravates the dogs – whipping them up into a frenzy, before he trots over to the next gate – making sure to hit every single home that has dogs.

My neighbor was outside once as I threw a bamboo stick at this dog, and he told me – better to kill it. He made a motion like he’d shoot it if he could. I wouldn’t want him to kill it – but it’d be nice to be able to call the police or animal control and have them do something about the dog. He comes at all hours of the night, causing havoc.

So, the fact that my neighbor would kill that dog that made me think. Surely he’d kick a sickly cat to death because he hated cats looking at his birds all the time.

Makes sense, right?

What is the State of Cats and Dogs in Thailand?

They’re all over and they are not really cared for. Very few people fix their dogs or cats, so there are fresh litters year round. There are more roadkill cats and dogs than you can count. If a cat or dog has a litter, sometimes the owner will stick the puppies or kittens in a big rice bag, drive it far away from their own home, and drop it off in the street. On a number of occasions I’ve seen puppies climbing out of rice bags onto the highway where they were being run over one-by-one.

Others are less cruel, and just take the puppies to the nearest Buddhist temple where they drop them off to whatever end. What happens is there are dozens of dogs at the temple then, all of them territorial and fighting each other for any scraps visitors or residents of the temple give them.

Strays are everywhere. I was looking for snakes one time on a mountain road just on the outside of town, when a pack of around 40-50 dogs started after me! They were about 50 feet away, but I picked up a big stick and started swinging it crazily. That helped, they advanced slower than they were initially. Then I found rocks and hurled them as far as I could at them, this worked like magic – one by one they broke off the chase, and turned around to find something better to do. If that hadn’t of worked, I would have been climbing a tree and spending a couple hours up there!

I’ve stopped to take a look at stray puppies a few times. They are invariably absolutely COVERED with fleas – hundreds on each pup. I usually buy some ice cold water and bathe them down in that, the fleas sort of freeze up and they wash away. It’s a very temporary solution, but each of us that encounters strays in this country have to come to a decision for themselves – what all can and will you do for each and every one of them?

What Do I Do?

If we see a sick dog or cat, we’ll offer it food, water, milk, anything we have to see if we can get it to start coming to our home. We provide a fairly safe place for it, big dogs can’t get through our gate, but smaller dogs and cats can at will.

If we see healthy cats coming to eat the food on our porch, we’ll yell and clap hands to get them away. We’re not a zoo, and there are plenty of cats and dogs which are well fed and will take any sort of food in a dish they can find.

If we see a really sick cat or dog, we might take it to the vet. This cat that started coming here was within days of death already, and too defensive to get close to. I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. In a way, it’s sad to make a decision like that, right? I just decided, that cat won’t get the health care it needs at the vet down the street.

On the other hand, vet care costs money, and we sure as hell can’t pay to take care of and fix every cat and dog we see running around with a problem.

Stray Cat Surprise

Stray Thailand cat named Smushy.

Couple weeks ago we had what I guess is, a stroke of good luck. My wife was outside on the porch and she heard meowing coming from under the car. When she checked, there was this tiny Siamese cat kitten under there.

We pulled it out and looked for an adult cat or person combing the neighborhood looking for their kitten. Didn’t find what I hoped to find. My wife and daughter were already naming the cat. I don’t even believe in keeping any animals – and yet, I didn’t have much of a choice. We now have a tiny kitten that literally owns the house and does what it wants – all day, all night.

If you come to Thailand to stay for any length of time, and you’re an animal lover, you’ll need to come to a decision about which cats and dogs you help, and which you don’t. Unless you start a foundation for Soi dog and cat rescue, there’s not much you can really do. The problem is overwhelming.

If you live in Thailand now, what do you do about stray cats and dogs? Anything?

56 Deadly Cobras in Thailand House

Most visitors to Thailand will return to where they came from without having seen a snake of any kind. Though there are over 200 species of snake in Thailand, they are not so frequent that you’ll be tripping over them when you arrive. There are snakes all over, in the cities, in the country, but much more so in the countryside areas.

My friend Darren, lives in an area that borders what looks like a national park. He has seen a lot of different Thailand wildlife since moving in, and yet he has never had anything like this before. He called me up to come and get a couple cobras he had in the restroom. When I arrived, it was a free-for-all. Baby cobras were all over the place.

I picked up as many as we could find, and took them to a remote location to let go.

What to do if you find a snake in Thailand?

If you want to identify it before you either kill it or call someone, go to:

ThailandSnakes.com

You can send photos to the email address found there, or fill out the info form and submit it if you have no photos. Be sure to be as descriptive as you can, it is quite difficult to ID a snake without a photo.

If you just want the snake removed from your home, contact your local police or ambulance crew – you know those guys that ride around in pickup trucks and pick up bodies off the street after a crash. The body snatchers. Call them and they will either come themselves to pick up the snake, or they will contact the local snake guy(s) for your area.

 

Giant Centipede Eats It

Eating it, then eating it.
Eating it, then eating it.

Flying up the road on the motorbike and saw what I thought was a dead snake. I circled around and came upon this zombie centipede lapping up the blood of some unkown roadkill that must have limped away shortly beforehand. Luckily I had the phone for some video. Centipedes in Thailand have a wicked bite. I’ve seen a lot of them, usually at night and in warm damp places. These things are a good reason to make sure you don’t have space under your doors, or holes in your walls.

New Thailand Green Pit Viper Snake – Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis

A new viper species was described in the Russian Journal of Herpetology recently – end of December. It is a green pit viper established in Phuket, hence the name. This new viper has venom similar in strength to the other green Thailand vipers, but the size is rather large – comparable to Pope’s Pit Vipers. The coloring is very much like the Trimeresurus venustus, but with more organization to the brown scales – into a pattern similar to the Mangrove Pit Vipers.

More information and photo of this new Thailand snake here ->

Weirdest Bug I’ve Ever Caught – Lamprigera

Caught this last night on a herping trip in Thailand. What’s cool is that it’s abdomen lights up like a flashlight. Here it’s quite dull and not bright. In the forest it was like a flashlight.

Species – Lamprigera sp.

Description – This is an adult female firefly that lives on land and doesn’t have wings. It feeds on snails during nighttime and produces an incredible amount of light from two bulbs on the abdomen. Males of this species have wings and are smaller in size.

Lamprigera Video – I think better than the photos.

Thailand Monkeys – Dangerous? – VLOG 9

This is video blog 9.

My first experience with monkeys was south of Bangkok – I can’t even remember the name of the place. Anything between Bangkok and Surat is just best forgotten – with 2 exceptions… Hua Hin – which I found almost livable. And, Prachuap Khiri Khan – a great view and lunches – dinners on the beach. Very nice spot. Few foreigners. I digress…

Monkeys in Thailand are usually the sort in the photo above. What kind of monkeys are they? I don’t have the slightest idea. I know snakes, not monkeys. Anything that resembles humans and has hair all over – is a monkey for all my intentions and purposes.

Tourists ask me all the time – is that a macaw? Is that a gibbon? I just say – “Yes it is” to avoid any further conversation about it.

Monkeys are tricky suckers. Contrary to popular belief – monkeys are stupid, not smart. They’re smart when you compare them to goldfish – but, that’s it. They’re so stupid they rip open soda cans with their teeth instead of popping the top. Same with plastic juice bottles – just rip it open and juice spills all over them. Monkeys are crass, foul beasts.

Do monkeys in Thailand bite?

Hell yeah they do.

I just realized I’m going to cover everything I cover on the video. The purpose of the video is so I don’t have type my fingers down to nubs everyday.

Highlights:

Monkeys bite.

How you act affects how monkeys respond.

Monkeys steal things right off your body – learn how to protect it.

Check out the Thailand monkey video –

This Snake Resembles the Deadly Kraits – But, is Harmless

 

Malayan Bridle Snake - a Thailand snake which is not dangerous but can be easily confused with the deadly Thailand kraits.

I just finished a write-up about a snake that looks very similar to the deadly Malayan, Banded, and Many-banded kraits – but, which is harmless to humans.

Malayan Bridle Snake <- click for fact sheet

I’m calling it a Malayan Bridle Snake, not absolutely positive though. There are 3 snakes that are similar in appearance.

  • Malayan Bridle Snake
  • Common Bridle Snake
  • Laotian Wolf Snake

It could be any of these snakes – all of which are harmless.

One difference between the kraits which can kill you – and the three harmless snakes listed above… only the kraits get over a meter in length. Another difference is that only the kraits can get 3 fingers or more in body thickness. Remember, there are juvenile kraits that can look very similar to the snake you see here – and the other two listed above.

Be careful with any snake you find in Thailand. Most people are bitten by snakes as they try to kill them – not trying to avoid them altogether.