Top 16 of the most famous Asian Snakes.
A snake is only dangerous if it feels in danger.
When given confidence, it can become a docile but always fearful animal that flees and disappears at the slightest suspicious movement. To photograph it, it is, therefore, essential to create a climate of trust. 🤝
In the wild, the greatest difficulty is to locate it. Snakes are very discreet animals and are not easily approached. Patience, discretion, perseverance are the qualities necessary to succeed in this approach.
If you plan to go to Asia, discover the magnificent snakes that you will probably encounter. However, before reading our top, don't hesitate to look our nice collection of stainless steel serpent ring.
1. Russell's Viper (Daboia russelii)
The Asian continent has collected this magnificent species from Pakistan to Indonesia. It is in India that it is most often found. It is one of the most dangerous Asian snakes. Outside the dense forest, it occupies all kinds of habitats. It does not hesitate to approach the houses because it finds abundant food there. It is a snake with nocturnal habits that live during the day in a burrow. It has eliminated the occupants. The female is ovoviviparous, and a litter can contain 40 to 50 very aggressive individuals! The length of this snake can reach two meters. It is highly sought after for its beautiful skin and has been exterminated in some regions.
2. Reticulated Python
It is in Southeast Asia that the reticulated python is found. It belongs to the giants among the ophidians. It is the longest of all snakes and shares with the Anaconda of South America the privilege of being among the world's largest. The reticulated python can reach ten meters! It is found in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines... He is an excellent swimmer and always lives close to water.
Deinagkistrodon is the exception that confirms the rule. While the genus Agkistrodon has colonized the American environment with 10 species present on its territory, the acutus is only present in China. Therefore it is sometimes classified in a separate genus: the genus deinagkistrodon. It is a crotalid without bells but with heat-pits dimples. It is an oviparous snake that frequents the wooded or rocky slopes of the hills and only becomes active at nightfall. There are many tales and legends about this snake.
The natives call it "one hundred paces," which means that the person bitten cannot walk more than a hundred paces before succumbing ☠️. Moreover, it is a venerated snake on Taiwan's island because it is said to be the ancestor of the island's inhabitants.
4. Calloselasma rhodostoma
Calloselasma rhodostoma is one of the three Asian species. Its range extends to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Sumatra... Coastal forests, abandoned farms, and their surroundings are its preferred biotope. Like most crotalids, its habits are nocturnal. It is an oviparous snake. The female share its nesting site with other snakes. Each female can lay up to thirty eggs. The incubation time is about six weeks. The size of adults does not exceed one meter.
5. Temple viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)
The temple viper is found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines. It is an arboreal snake of small size but with a very robust body. The head, clearly separated from the neck, is voluminous. They are venerated in Buddhist temples as messengers of happiness and are handled by the officiating priests. Tropidolaemus have heat-sensitive dimples that allow them to detect prey in the dark. They feed on animals sharing their biotope, lizards, batrachians, birds.
6. Vine snake (Ahaetulla)
The Vine snake is an essentially arboreal snake that is found in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. His extreme delicacy and surprising length, almost two meters in adulthood. This snake's major characteristic is that it is endowed with a compelling stereoscopic vision, probably thanks to its horizontal pupils and its head's morphology, very fine. It is ovoviviparous, and newborns feed on frogs and lizards. Worried, the Ahaetulla can inflate its body and can thus double its volume.
Its habitat extends over the whole of Malaysia, the Philippines, Sumatra... It can reach 2.50 meters, and its menu, very eclectic, is composed of birds, reptiles, and batrachians but particularly likes small mammals that it hunts from dusk. The female lays about ten eggs either on the ground or in the crevices of a tree. The Boïga genus includes 25 species.
8. Mandarin rat snake
A gorgeous, very colorful snake whose range extends over southeastern China. This explains its common name of Elaphe Mandarina. The natives also call it a jade snake.
9. Gonyosoma oxycephalum (arboreal ratsnake) (red-tailed green ratsnake)
It covers the whole of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. This snake likes wetlands. Its size reaches two meters. It is an essentially arboreal snake with diurnal habits that feed on micro-mammals, birds, and amphibians and goes ashore to seek its food. The female is oviparous, and the eggs hatch after an incubation period of three months. The young snakes feed on lizards and amphibians.
10. Indian Cobra
Its range extends in Southeast Asia, from India to China. Outside the dense forest, this snake frequents the most varied biotopes. Worried, the Indian cobra adopts a characteristic attitude of defense. Like all cobras, it stands up and spreads its headdress to face the enemy. The serpent is not very aggressive and only becomes dangerous if it feels in great danger. Its reactions are then dazzling. It feeds on animals sharing its biotope, small mammals, birds, reptiles.
11. Beauty rat snake
It is widespread in the south of the Chinese republic, the island of Formosa, Laos. It is a large snake that reaches 2.50 meters and feeds on micro-mammals and birds.
12. Python curtus
The Python curtus is found in the dregs of the Indonesian archipelago: Java, Sumatra, Borneo ... It frequents swampy areas, wetlands, riverbanks crossing the rainforests of the Sunda Islands. The average size of this python is 1.50 meters. Some subspecies can exceed two meters. The female, oviparous, lays a few eggs that she protects and defends ardently—the eggs hatch after an incubation period of two months.
13. Python Molurus
The python molurus is in Southeast Asia, from India to China, depending on the subspecies concerned. It is one of the largest snakes that can be found. Its maximum size is around six meters! This snake likes the most varied environments as long as they are humid, and water is nearby. The female is very prolific. She can lay up to one hundred eggs to protect and defends against any predator. The Molurus Python feeds on animals sharing its biotope, rodents, mammals, birds...
14. TRIMERESURUS WIROTI
It inhabits mainly dense equatorial and tropical rainforests up to 750 meters above sea level. In southern Thailand, this species is mainly found near streams, rivers, or ponds. It can be observed in the treetops at more than 20 meters above the ground. They are nocturnal and feed mainly on frogs but also birds and rodents.
15. Bamboo Viper
The range of the bamboo viper begins in northern India and extends via Nepal to southern China. It inhabits rainforests and moves easily bitchy to its prehensile tail. It is a very lively and agile snake that feeds on animals sharing its biotopes, such as tree frogs and birds. The female gives birth to an average of ten young.
16. Philippine pit viper
They are arboreal snakes that live in humid wooded areas. They can, thanks to their heat-sensitive dimples, detect prey in the dark. They feed on amphibians, lizards, and birds.