|Venomous Snakes Of Asia
Cobra: The Asian Cobra when agitated raises the front part of
it's body from the ground and it spreads it's hood, just below the head.
This Cobra is responsible for many deaths. It's Neurotoxic venom can
cause paralysis and death within 15 minutes. Colors range from grey to brown.
Some The Asian Cobra can be found in most any
location of it's range and is even found in and around homes. Lives in
southeast and southwest Asia and Indonesia. Often prefers escape to
Tree pit viper: This snake lives in the trees and bushes of the
Rainforest or on plantations. It is seldom seen on the ground. It often
strikes at the head, neck or body from low hanging branches or bushes.
The color is green, either bright or dull, sometimes having dull black,
brown or reddish spots along it's back.
Pit viper: Light brown to olive with dark markings. This snake
inhabits southeast Asia and neighboring islands. It bites many people
every year. Habu Pit Vipers can be found in both mountains and lowlands.
It's hemotoxic venom produces a very painful bite. This snake is very
irritable and it's colors as well as pattern make it easy to overlook
when it is laying quietly. Found around houses and farm buildings as
Cobra: Lives in south and southeast Asia and surrounding islands.
The King Cobra can grow to over 18 ft. making it the longest of venomous
snakes. If threatened it will rise from the ground and hiss loudly. It's
bite is very deadly if envenomed. The King Cobra though is generally a
shy animal, but will fiercely protect it's eggs or young.
This snake inhabits south and southeast Asia. It is a nocturnal snake
who's bite is extremely dangerous but often painless. Do not overlook a
bite because of a lack of pain. The first signs of a envenomed bite may
be difficulty keeping eyes open or abdominal cramps. Death may occur 6
to 8 hours after a bite. It's venom is many times more powerful than a
Cobra. The Krait is especially dangerous since it's habitat is around
human homes and camps as well as the jungle or field. It will come into
a home, tent, sleeping bag or even ones boots when off. The Krait may be
brightly striped with alternating dark and light stripes, however, it
can be difficult to see when in it's habitat and is active at night,
often biting those who step on it.
viper: This viper and it's relatives inhabit north Africa, the
Middle East and parts of Asia. It can be found from farmlands to
mountains and varies to most all areas. This snake bites quickly and
it's venom is very dangerous, causing many deaths. Often hisses loudly
when threatened. Colors vary from grey to brown to olive green. Both
lighter and darker with a pattern.
pit viper: The Malayan pit viper lives in south east Asia and
surrounding islands such as Java, Sumatra and Malaysia. It has
triangular markings and is known for it's quick temper. It strikes
without hesitation and bites many people. It is known to lay motionless
in one spot for long periods of time, sometimes not moving even after
striking. It's venom can cause death but rarely happens with medical
attention. Found in the Rainforest, farms and plantations.
viper: A Desert snake which likes to cover itself on the surface in
loose sand. It is known to be very aggressive. Found in the desert area
bordering Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Also reported in desert parts
of India. Blends well with the sandy areas it inhabits and so is easy to
step on. Known to climb into small bushes.
viper: This viper is found from rainforests to farm lands throught
south and southeast Asia.. It is common to find these snakes around
human settlements. This is a dangerous snake and is responsible for many
fatal bites. It's light brown body with pattern is provides good
camouflage. It can coil and strike very quickly.
viper: This snake resides from the northern half of Africa to
southwest Asia. It is a nocturnal desert dweller. The Sand viper has a
short temper and will strike without hesitation or warning. Will
partially bury itself in the sand and lay motionless and very difficult
to see. Easily stepped on. Very rough scaled with a large triangular
head. Grey to brown coloring.
viper: Responsible for many snake bites and deaths. The Saw Scaled
viper produces a rasping sound with it's scales. Small at 18 to 24
inches but very short tempered. This snake has very potent venom. Common
in dry areas, farms, barns, rural villages and rocky areas. It often
hides under loose rocks or other items. Nocturnal, it buries itself in
leaves or sand if not hidden. Sometimes climbs trees and bushes,
especially when it rains. Uses it's scales to produce a raspy sound when
threatened. Very aggressive, will readily strike.
pit viper or temple viper: A dark green color. This snake lives in
dense rainforests and around human dwellings in the Malaysian Peninsula
and Archipelago, Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines, and Ryukyu Islands.
Bites are common but rarely lead to death. Found generally in bushes and
- The Cobra can spit it's venom into the eyes of its victim for a
good distance, and some Cobra's will play dead if startled, so don't take
- Snake bites are not uncommon and can be life threatening,
unfamiliar territory can be distracting, when in Asia be alert to this
Hints To Avoid A Bite
- Don't try to pick up or trap a snake! It
sounds strange, but many people are bitten trying to grab or trap a snake
they have encountered.
- Walk around a snake giving it plenty
- Don't try to kill the snake just because you
have found it in the wilderness. This often ends in ways that are less
than desirable and snakes are very important to the environment.
- Don't put your hands or feet in places where
you cannot see such as tall grass, holes or crevices in logs, rocks or in
the ground. Don't pick anything up without first flipping it over with a
small tree branch, hiking pole or other item.
- Do not go bare foot or wear sandals when
exploring the outdoors. Always wear leather hiking boots or other suitable
footwear and clothing.
- Watch where you step, especially around
trees, brush or tall grass. Be alert to your surroundings. Remember,
Snakes often lay motionless and may be unnoticeable.
- If sleeping outdoors without a tent, don't
lay next to rocks, tall grass, brush or logs. Use mosquito netting to
create a barrier around yourself. Tuck mosquito netting well under your
sleeping bag and anchor it well away from your body with logs, rocks or
other items. Sleeping on a cot is preferable.