The above excellent photo of an Oriental Whip Snake was taken by my talented colleague David Gandy in Bangkok’s Railway Park (Suan Rot Fay) which is about five minutes from my home.
This is such a beautiful snake, not uncommon but hard to spot. The last time I saw one was in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the northwestern coast of Singapore – which incidentally is a hidden gem and I strongly recommend a visit.
Generally you will come across Whip snakes by accident rather than design – like most snakes I suppose. Thus it was with my encounter. I was looking at some birds through some low-lying tree branches and my son excitedly pointed out the snake which was in my line of sight. I just wasn’t focussed upon it so could not immediately see it. Whip snakes are beautifully camouflaged in green and characterized by thin, elongated bodies, with extremely long tails and a sharply triangular-shaped head. They mainly prey on lizards, frogs and sometimes rodents. They are venomous but not dangerous to humans. They move in an extremely deliberate and subtle manner which is also why they are generally so hard to see.