Snakes in Vietnam
Vietnam has around 200 snake species, most of which, like the kraits, cobras, and vipers, are increasingly venomous. The deadliest snake dwelling here in places close to water sources is the Malayan krait. Its venom levels are so high that the survival chances from its bite are extremely rare.
The many-banded krait, one of the world’s most venomous snakes, was referred to as the two-step snake by the American soldiers who encountered it at the time of the Vietnam War. It was perhaps a belief among the soldiers that this snake’s venom was lethal enough to kill the victim in just two steps. Some even called it the cigarette snake since the time it took to kill equalled the time taken to smoke a cigarette. However, many labeled this as a myth or misbelieve since true that it is deadly, delivering fatal bites, but not to the extent as estimated.
As per speculations, the guerrilla forces often carried snakes (the bamboo pit vipers) as a trap to capture and kill their enemy who came searching for them.
|Kraits||Red River Krait|
Blue-lipped Sea Krait
Northeastern Hill Krait
Yellow-lipped Sea Krait
Common Mock Viper
|Ruby-eyed Green Pit Viper||–|
|Tropidolaemus||Wagler’s Pit Viper||–|
|Hydrophis||Stoke’s Sea Snake|
Horned Sea Snake
|Rice Paddy Snake||–|
|Asian Vine Snake||–|
|Boiga||Square-headed Cat Snake||–|
|Enhydris||Chinese Water Snake||–|
|Three-horned Scaled Pit Viper|
|Xenodermidae||–||Bourret’s Odd-scaled Snake|
Peters’ Odd-scaled Snake
|Acrochordus||–||Little File Snake|
|Opisthotropis||–||Anderson’s Stream Snake|
Buff Striped Keelback
Vietnam Water Snake
Red-tailed Green Ratsnake
|Orthriophis||–||Beauty Rat Snake|
|–||Chinese Kukri Snake|
|Calamaria||–||Collared Reed Snake|
|Pareas||–||Common Slug Snake|
|–||Red-tailed Pipe Snake|
|Elaphe||–||King Rat Snake|
|–||Greater Green Snake|
|Argyrophis||–||Vietnam Worm Snake|
|Lycodon||–||Banded Wolf Snake|
Oriental Wolf Snake
Deadliest Snake: Malayan Krait
As per records, snake bites claimed the lives of 25-50 American soldiers yearly during the Vietnam War.
The giant snake of Vietnam, also the world’s longest snake, is the reticulated python, measuring more than 6.25 meters.
Snake wine, one of Vietnam’s popular alcoholic beverages is traditionally made by including a snake, the venomous ones inside a jar filled with grain alcohol or rice wine. The marination occurs for several months.