Domi is a regular visitor but rather than spend his days lazing on the beach, he’s out every day in the jungle looking for snakes on Koh Chang. The reason being he’s an avid herpetologist. Which is plain English means he likes these creatures a lot for some reason.
His latest trip was in November 2015. He sent me a few photos of the snakes that he’d seen both on Koh Chang and Koh Kood, but he also took this video which includes some great footage of them. They’re lurking everywhere but you probably won’t see unless you know where to look.
The chances of seeing a snake close up are very low unless you’re in the right place ant the right time. And even though some of Thailand’s deadliest snakes live on the island, the possibility of being bitten by one is very slim – it’s not something that’s going to happen. It’s one of those irrational fears. ( The only time I’ve come close to seeing someone bitten by a snake was on a jungle trek when we walked across the island and the guide was attacked by a King Cobra. And that’s something that’s virtually unheard of – as snakes don’t go out of their way to try to harm people. )
The most venomous snakes tend live by water – so any you see which are roadkill probably weren’t too dangerous when they were alive. But if you are walking by quiet stretches of riverbank then it pays to take a stick and tap the rocks as you walk. Snakes feel the vibrations and that alerts them to visitors. They will then lie low until you pass. When the guide I was was was attacked we were walking in silence and he wasn’t tapping a stick.
If you want to prepare for your holiday, or have a go at identifying the snakes in this video, then there’s very good free ebook available at http://www.thailandsnakes.com/ebook/ Download it, print it out and see how many you can spot on your next holiday.