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Identifying Poisonous Snakes in Korea
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Rock



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 11:15 pm    Post subject: Identifying Poisonous Snakes in Korea Reply with quote

You know, this is probably common knowledge here, but there's a deadly snake called the Tokso Sumulsa or something or another. It can kill you.

Anyway, I went jogging the other day and almost stepped on a snake. I asked my co-worker, and he said the poisonous snakes' heads here are diamond shaped. Anyone else know how to identify them?

This one was black and red, with a viper-like head.
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Hwajangsil Ajumma



Joined: 02 May 2005
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you mean "venomous", not poisonous...unless you plan to eat it.

There is a venomous snake known as Agkistrodon Calagi that inhabits this peninsula. I would do a search for more info for you, but MacGyver is on in a minute and I can't miss that.

You learn a lot on your knees in my hwajangsil.
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rapier



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rock



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, this is a good follow up by you all. The pictures are great, and thanks for the name. But still, the color descriptions are too vague to identify these venomous snakes. "Grey, tan and yellow" could be any snake. I'm hoping to find something more clear and precise.

The snake I saw looked like a viper, but half of it was some weird, motley color and the other half criss-crossed black and red. Now what the heck kind of snake was this?

I think I need a field guide, if anyone knows of any good books.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez and I thought this thread was about hagwon owners...
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Grotto



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Venomous snakes almost always have triangular heads. A good rule of thumb is: when in doubt stay back.
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hellofaniceguy



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grotto wrote:
Venomous snakes almost always have triangular heads. A good rule of thumb is: when in doubt stay back.


Unless they are wanja's...then it's best to stay waaaay back.
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kimchikowboy



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=22721&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=poisonous+snake&start=0
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Ilsanman



Joined: 15 Aug 2003
Location: Bucheon, Korea

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 7:17 am    Post subject: yes Reply with quote

And then there's the dangerous and ever common 'Ajosshi Snake'.

The ajosshi snake will spit a deadly venom at you. It is a mixture of saliva, phlegm, and pieces of cancerous lung. It is easy to avoid, as it is always preceded by a warning sound.

The ajosshi snake can be identified as such:

It's average length is 150 to 190 cm. It can walk bipedal. It wears a suit to hide its scaly skin.
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rapier



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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rapier



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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W.T.Carl



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's the one I remember. They were quite common on the Navy Base in Chinhae. I cought a couple, but never got bit. However, our Irish Setter did, He got very sick, but survived.
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kimchikowboy



Joined: 24 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rapier wrote:

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Korea is relatively unexplored by biologists and environmentalists. Koreans themselves by and large appear to have little widespread knowledge of their own natural heritage. I found various sites that state Korea has between 20 and 29 species of reptile: but none could be sure, or name them individually.

You may need a guide to reptiles of China or Japan, to have a chance of covering the Korean peninsula.


From here: http://jamescard.net/books/

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Currently James is working on a field guide to Korean wildlife. It will be the first of its kind to be published in the English language. This handbook will cover Korean natural history, ecology, and wildlife identification. It is written for the travelers that explore Korea's mountains, rivers and valleys and want to learn more about what flora and fauna exist on the Korean peninsula. Chapters include commonly encountered mammals, reptiles and amphibians, along with animals that are endangered and facing extinction.

The book will be published by Eastward in the autumn of 2005.
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captain kirk



Joined: 29 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there some venemous snake that hangs around in bamboo forests, and is green like bamboo leaves? I'm ok with snakes on the ground but hanging around in trees?
Speaking of reptiles I saw what the kids say is a 'silk frog'. It has lime green back with black dots. While its stomach is red/orange with black dots. Good lookin' frog.
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: sokcho

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen quite a few snakes in the woods around here. I havent tried to identify them but they certainly werent aggressive -- if they sense your presence they go the other way & hide.

Saw one specimen nearly a meter long one day, slithering alongside a backroad. Impressive!

I've heard from a few local sources about an unusual venomous snake here that delivers live babies that immediately turn on the mom, kill & eat her.
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