Snakes do not ambush people or hide behind the next corner waiting to strike. There are stories of Anacondas in South America and Rock Pythons in Africa attacking humans…mhmmm…on the Cambodian islands aren’t any giant Constrictor species to be found, though. Most snake bites (70-80%) are the result of people’s unreasonable behaviour – stalking, chasing and trying to catch and touch the animal…Just keep up your common sense and the likelihood of serious trouble is close to zero. Sightings inside the resorts are very rare. Things are different, when Jungle-Trekking, though – in particular, when without a guide. Gil – our guide – is very experienced and has an eye for the life in his “woods” and usually the dogs come along – they perceive anything first anyway. As long as you stay on the track you have a good vision. Still, snakes live on the islands and we wish you to be aware of it.
What to do if a snake bites you:
1. STAY CALM!
2. Try to remember as much as you can about the snake that has bitten you, its color, size, distinct patterns on its skin…this is important, because the wrong anti venom can do as much damage as a real bite.
3. Make your way back to the village by a steady and calm walk (your blood pressure and heart rate should stay as low as possible).
4. Once back in the village, tell anyone – they will get you a speedboat(45 min) to the clinic in town to receive treatment and anti venom.
FOR YOUR MATES: Make a photo of the snake, if possible!!! and accompany your friend back to the village. If one of you can manage to get there earlier, the boat can start earlier as well.
DO NOT TRY TO TOUCH, CATCH OR KILL THE SNAKE – THAT IS ONE OF THE CAUSES FOR MOST BITES!!!
Below are all poisonous snake species that can be found in Cambodia. If a snake is not poisonous, that does not mean it doesn’t bite you. It still hurts a lot and might have severe consequences, infections and so on. Moreover there are snakes with less potent venom, that certainly cause severe infections, septicemia and necroses. In any case you should see a doctor very soon.
Snakes on the islands grow, as a rule, not as big as they do on the main land. King Cobras are very unlikely to be found on the islands . Cobras in general remain very elusive and are very unlikely to be seen. Their behavior changes radically when nesting. they will defend their offspring with exceptional ferocity.
The average length is about 120 cm (4 ft) on the mainland, although island populations do not attain this size. It is more slender built than most other vipers. The color pattern consists of a deep yellow, tan or brown ground color, with three series of dark brown spots that run the length of its body. Each of these spots has a black ring around it, the outer border of which is intensified with a rim of white or yellow. The head is flattened, triangular and distinct from the neck. The snout is blunt, rounded and raised. This snake is terrestrial and active primarily as a nocturnal forager, however, during cool weather it will alter its behavior and become more active during the day. When threatened they form a series of S loops, raise the first third of the body and produce a loud hiss, when striking from this position, they almost jump off the ground in an attempt to bite.
Reddish running into pink tinge toward the belly with triangular-shaped, brown markings bordered with light-colored scales. The base of the triangular-shaped markings end at the mid line. It has dark brown, arrow-shaped markings on the top and each side of its head. This snake has long fangs, is ill-tempered, and is responsible for many bites. Its venom is hemotoxic, destroying blood cells and tissue, but a victim’s chances of survival are good with medical aid. This viper is a ground dweller that moves into many areas in search of food. The greatest danger is in stepping on the snake with bare feet. Habitat: Rubber plantations, farms, rural villages, and rain forests. Length: Average 60 cm, maximum 1 meter.