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Identifying Poisonous Snakes in Korea
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rapier



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W.T.Carl



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. So those are Tiger Snakes. There were quite a few of them on the Navy Base in Chinhae. Those, some of the rat snakes and the magpie vipers were the ones I remember. There were also many tree frogs, large green frogs and fire belly toads. I use to keep the rat snakes and tiger snakes as pets. As a matter of fact, I was going to smuggle some of them back to the US, but thought better of it.
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W.T.Carl



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I did. These would include the tiger snake that was wrapped around my little sisters neck and the magpie viper I caught in the back yard. Now all I have to do is dig them out of the P's attic.
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captain kirk



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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was either a Dione Ratsnake or a Mamushi on a dirt road soaking up the heat. The triangular head. It moved off into the brush, just out of the way, like, watching.
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W.T.Carl



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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was short and stocky, it was the Mamushi ot Madpie Viper. The Rat snake would be sleek and thin ish.
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captain kirk



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An adult class, three guys, and I asked about snakes.

One, about thirty years old, remembered as a child coming across a snake trap on a mountain. It was a net arrangement about thirty meters around in which were trapped fifty snakes. They could get in but not out again.

Another, older man (about forty) remembered how, as a boy of ten, he caught snakes for pocket money; 100 won per snake. This was thirty years ago. Back then it was legal and some men made a living catching snakes, and boys their pocket money supplying the men.

His mother didn't know about his snake catching activities, of course, he says. A bunch of boys together would beat the brush and stomp and herd the snakes, get them running. He had a stick with a light wire noose at the end which, by pulling on a wire, could be drawn tight. Without that, sometimes, he'd just step on the head of the snake, pinning it. They were thrown, alive, into a sack and taken to the buyer. No snake ever tried to bite him through the sack; they were all blind in there in the darkness, and docile(?).

When asked about poisonous snakes he said they are 'luxury color'. Bright red belly and a brown back with spots. No snake, in his catching, ever bit him. But he knew a boy who was bitten, his hand became very swollen, and he spent some time in the hospital, but came out ok. I asked about snakes with diamond shaped heads and he said they were poisonous, after describing a steel grey one.

He said snake wine is made by putting a snake in a large bottle and filling it with soju. I asked if he noticed a 'stamina' effect and he couldn't say. He did drink snake wine but at the time he wasn't married (so couldn't check his 'stamina').
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Bulsajo



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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rapier wrote:


("Korean") Tiger keelback/ Oriental tiger snake Rhabdophis tigrinus lateralis



It is venomous, but also back-fanged. thus, there is almost no way of getting a bite from it.
I understand this is reasonably common in korea and Japan. Some nice pictures of it here:

http://210.179.205.122/jp/n/cm/nrd_view_jp.asp?nrdno=266&region=a_east&datatype=0&page=1

http://www.bear.or.kr/wildlife/rhabdophis.htm


I have seen these (or something very similar) in Seoul, on the paths next to Yangjaechon, sunning themselves on hot afternoons (no else was around, everyone else was hugging shade/aircons I guess).
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braunshade



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where can I get a couple of snakes? I think it would make for a thoughtful gift for the director of my hogwon.
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shevek



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:43 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.


Not if you're in Australia which is the place with the highest proportion of venemous snakes....there they're build to be slick.
Regardless it's a largely irrational fear, up there with being scared of sharks and terrosrist attacks. One which is never going to happen, and one which could largely be described as girly.
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The Bobster



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rapier wrote:
Interesting story there Captain kirk. I will be sure not to drink "snake wine" ever..

I would.

But I'll try just about anything once. Twice, if I like it.
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