Venomous Snakes of the Philippines


Attached is a poster for your reference of the venomous snakes of the Philippines, their range and habitats, and tips on identification and first-aid care.

Venomous Snakes of the Philippines

Most snakes we find here however are harmless to humans; the rat snake being the most common.

Some awareness is needed that all snakes aren’t a threat and that they provide a needed balance to the ecosystem.

Reticulated pythons are also a common sight around Siargao but these are non-venomous. The recent story about the Indonesian palm-oil field worker who was entirely consumed by a python made a lot of headlines but the reticulated python is generally harmless to people.

Moving up to mildly venomous isĀ Boiga dendrophila, commonly called the mangrove snake. The mangrove snake is readily identified by its golden-yellow bands or rings. Not considered life-threatening to people they are, of course, best left alone.

But keep your eyes out for and stay clear of those cobras, pit vipers, coral snakes and sea snakes!



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