Picture: Stefan Halter
Calliophis bivirgatus, subspecies flaviceps (Blue Coral Snake)
Thai: (ngu pik tong daeng)
Up to 180 cm, however usually only around 140 cm
The Blue Coral Snake only lives deep in Southern Thailand, south of Songkhla.
Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps is almost exclusively found in wooded regions, the hills and lower mountainous regions up to a height of 500 to 900 meters. They prefer
living near water and hide themselves under rotting trees and leaves and under stones. The snakes are usually nocturnal but are sometimes active during the day. They move very slowly. If threatened, they roll their tail up and turn the red side to face upwards.
Although they are generally peaceful and not counted as keen on biting, cases are
known where the victim has died due to the amount and strength of the poison. For this reason, the Blue Coral Snake must be counted as highly dangerous.