Vern Slapped Down by Snake Expert?

If you didn’t see my last post – here it is:

Snake in the Dark >

I was a little bit stumped by the snake I found last night on the porch but I gave it a shot -and was completely wrong as to which one it is…

I thought it was Hagen’s viper. The pics are close enough. The coloring is very similar… the head wasn’t as long as the Hagen’s viper on my snake. Nor was the snake aggressive at all – no strikes in 30 minutes of working with it… Nor did the size make sense. The snake I was looking at was 1.5 meters plus. The Hagen’s viper doesn’t get over somewhere around 116cm.

Snake expert, Joachim Bulian, an expert from Germany residing in Thailand set me straight with his assessment…

“That is not a Pitviper. That is a green cat snake. Boiga cyanea!”

So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to change my guess to what he said. He had a photo of the green cat snake – and I’ve seen it on his site before but didn’t see it recently when I was looking up my snake… yep, this is exactly the snake I saw…

Boiga cyanea, a green cat snake. Photo taken by: Joachim Bulian. Website:
Boiga cyanea, a green cat snake. Photo: Joachim Bulian.
There are a number of venomous snakes in Thailand – over 40 are poisonous. Do you know what to do if you’re bitten? Take 2 minutes and find out at the snake FAQ:
Thailand Snakes FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding Thailand’s venomous and non-venomous snakes.

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

7 thoughts on “Vern Slapped Down by Snake Expert?”

  1. LOL – Yes THAT’s why… good that you know it. :p

    Not up to much, working my butt off. I’m the new editor of – am trying to implement a whole strategy for the site, which surprisingly takes a few more resources than I first anticipated.

    Thailand dreams are on hold for now. Trying to buy an appartment here in stead. And by here I mean Copenhagen. :)

    How you doing? When’s the baby due?

    1. ahhh, look who is coming around my blog when she needs some attention… hmmmph. What are you up to? let’s email/chat catchup.

  2. Enjoyed the lively blog, first time here! Though I had to scroll down the front page to check you didn’t have a thing for creeping, sliding, and crawling creatures ;-)

    My wife from Isaan has certainly fed me a fair selection of the creatures in your photos (except for elephant), but in central Chiang Mai most encounters tend to be with the grilled, fried or poached versions.

    Thanks (and a great photo in your other blog of that amazing spider)…

  3. You got some great pictures of that snake! Glad it’s only slightly poisonous and is docile! That’s a long snake.

    Up in the Adirondacks, because we have a pond, I was worried there might be water moccasins or something in it – looked it up on Google and found they don’t live that far north. The only poisonous snake that could be in our area is the timber rattler. At least they give warning!

    We did see one greenish snake with a tan belly. Not very big. I think he’s our neighborhood garter snake. (Or garden snake as some people say).

    1. Garters are fun – I’ve caught many in Western Pennsyvlania growing up. Timber rattlers are HUGE and scary. SUPER fast strikers… sometimes they warn – sometimes not. Careful up there! No snakes in Maui… wink wink… when you going back there to live and get a big house and save a room for me and my growing family? lol… :)

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