Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

Khao Sok National Park provides a home for numerous species of lizards, snakes, frogs, and toads. Although snakes are often feared and there are more than 170 species of snakes in Thailand, most of them are rather rare and only 48 are venomous. Lethal bites are more than uncommon with a mere 10 to 20 cases in Thailand per year. Still it is advisable to not walk around in the dark without a torch as most snakes are active at night (nocturnal). If you encounter a snake, stand still and wait for it to move away. In case a snake still bites you, apply a pressure bandage, hold still (preventing the venom from quickly spreading through the whole body), take a picture of the snake and get to a hospital. Don’t attempt to suck the poison out by mouth: Your saliva is very quick to transport the venom into your blood stream!

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