Poisonous Snakes of Korea

Way on how to identify Poisonous Snakes in KoreaPeople’s attitudes toward natural environments are a primary determinant of how they address environmental issues. Negative perceptions about particular components associated with natural ecosystems presumably result in diminished support for or protection of the system or components held in low esteem. The bases for an irrational fear of snakes (ophidiaphobia) are presumably grounded in the fact that some snakes indeed are venomous and a few can cause serious injury or death in humans. Because venomous species are among the more spectacular and sometimes largest snakes in some regions, they understandably serve as the representative species of the group for some people who may otherwise be ignorant of the suborder Serpente0073, which includes appreciably more species that are harmless than venomous.

Its general knowledge, that there is a deadly snake called the Tokso Sumulsa or something or another in Korea that can even kill people. There is a saying that the head of the poisonous snakes’ are diamond shaped. There are poisonous snakes with even black and red, with a viper-like head. It is quite difficult to identify a poisonous from a harmless snake.

There is a venomous snake known as Agkistrodon Calagi that inhabits the Korean peninsula. It is highly deadly. It is difficult to identify the snakes by looking on to their colour.

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 the question is on how to identify poisonous snakes. There are views that say Venomous snakes almost always have triangular heads. And then there’s the dangerous and ever common ‘Ajosshi Snake’ found here. The Ajosshi snake will spit deadly venom. 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.

Another common snake on the Navy Base in Chinhae. People have seen quite a few snakes in the woods around here. I haven’t tried to identify them but they certainly weren’t aggressive, if they sense your presence they go the other way & hide.

There are even rumors 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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  • Dione

    Thank you for the article – I’m doing a class on snakes next week and it is very informative.