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Snakes of Thailand


Snakes of Thailand Family: Elapidae (Elapids)
Subfamily: Elapidae
Genus: Calliophis (Coral Snakes)

Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps (Blue Coral Snake)
Picture: Stefan Halter

Distribution area Calliophis bivirgatus flaviceps (Blue Coral Snake)
Thai:
(ngu pick tong däng)

Length: Up to 180 cm, however usually only around 140 cm

Distribution area: The Blue Coral Snake only lives deep in Southern Thailand, south of Songkhla.

Behaviour/habitat: 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.

Danger level: 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 venom. For this reason, the Blue Coral Snake must be counted as highly dangerous.
Death Risk!

Calliophis maculiceps
Picture: J. Bulian

Distribution area Calliophis maculiceps (Small-spotted Coral Snake, Speckled Coral Snake)

Thai:
(ngu plong wei hua damm)

Size: 50 cm

Distribution area: In the whole of Thailand in the flat and lower mountainous areas. Since it nourishes itself predominantly on worms, it lives almost exclusively underground. You will usually only see this snake during the mating season in September and October. They come above ground in the evening.

Behaviour:
The animals are very peaceable and do not bite even if picked up. With their very small head, it is doubtful if they are able to invenom humans with a bite.

Danger level: No venom information is present. The species is probably not dangerous to humans.
Mildly-venomous/non-venomous snakes of Thailand
Venomous snakes of Thailand


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