Snakes in the house and garden

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by buksida » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:55 am

Found this little beaut in the yard yesterday, caught and released it before the locals mullered it.
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It is an Oligodon purpurascens - Brown Kukri Snake (ngu kut).

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by PeteC » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:02 pm

Replacing a 10 year old upstairs aircon used apparently as a snake refuge and skin shedding salon! :shock: Continuous problems with that particular unit over the years and I bet the snakes in and out of there had something to do with it. Palm near the machine outside coming down next week to cut off their access platform. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by bluelagoon » Tue May 16, 2017 7:35 pm

What about the natural plants that are considered as snake repellants? I also would not have any bushes in my garden or log/leaf piles as snakes love such hidden structures. I may keep the surface of the garden free of any bushy type vegetation aware that it is a bit of a frustration to be under the tropics and have a minimalist type garden. I would rather accomodate trees or rising plants that give you full visual control on the surface with no bushy leaves in the ground. But again, I am no specialist, just sharing what I plan to do in my place.
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by Big Boy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:54 am

OK, not quite in the garden, but a few inches outside of our front gate (if you're reading this Takiap, it's where you and 2 of your daughters were parked/stood last night).

Mrs BB was taking the dogs for a walk this morning when she felt something tugging at her full length nightie (well, this is Thailand). It made a couple of attacks, but thankfully her nightie is a loose fitting passion killer :wink: . We always carry a big stick, so the assailant was soon consigned to the great meadow in the sky.

It was a very small, young?? snake, no more than 12" long, but very aggressive.

Does anybody know what variety it was?
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by lomuamart » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:43 am

I'm not very good at identifying snakes but if it was very aggressive and it had a arrow shaped head (and it looks like it might have had) then there's a possibility of it having been a viper, possibly pit viper. If so, Mrs BB was lucky.

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by Big Boy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:55 am

That was my thoughts. I've sent photos to a snake group, and their initial identification is a non-venomous banded kukri. However, expert identification is still awaited.

I'm actually shocked that a non-venomous snake would be so aggressive. Mind you, Mrs BB's bright orange passion killer is quite offensive :run:
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by JohnD » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:00 am

Looks like a Malaysian Pit Viper.
I've seen them on several occasions on the concrete back roads near Market Village.
They are small in length and apparently venomous.
Usually, the small venomous species are more dangerous than the larger?

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by handdrummer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:02 am

spreading sulphur around the garden will repel snakes. check garden supply shops.

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by StevePIraq » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:26 am

I believe it is a harmless Kukri, I have had many in my garden, including this one which we found dead along with a 300mm millipede.
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by Big Boy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:28 am

The expert identification is back 'Banded Kukri (Oligodon fasciolatus) - harmless'

I must admit, I hadn't realised until now that harmless snakes would attack.
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by StevePIraq » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:33 am

Harmless to humans however most snakes, venomous or not, will strike out defensively if they feel threatened.
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by buksida » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:29 pm

Its the same snake in the photo I took above.
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by hhinner » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:28 pm

Kukri snakes seem to be quite popular in this thread, starting with post #5 from StevePIraq. Even BB has caught one before, in 2015.

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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by lomuamart » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:48 pm

StevePIraq wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:26 am
I believe it is a harmless Kukri, I have had many in my garden, including this one which we found dead along with a 300mm millipede.

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Incidentally, that's no millipede but a centipede - OK, what's a few legs?
Answer, the difference between being pretty much harmless (millipede) and pretty dangerous (the one in the photo).
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Re: Snakes in the house and garden

Post by 404cameljockey » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:20 pm

Kukri's are very common in HH, they have the 'A' or 'Y' shaped head marking (depending on which way you look at them). I'm sure they aren't aggressive unless over-handled or teased, so the attack seems unusual, it had been surprised maybe.

They aren't venomous but have a nasty deep bite.

This one was only about 28-30 cms long, the head marking is clear.
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