Managing Hua Hin’s Snakes Alive!

The irrational, persistent or disabling fear of snakes is called ophidiophobia.  This fear affects about a third of adult humans, making it the most common reported phobia.  Some scientists have theorised that mammals may have an innate fear reaction to snakes.

Managing Hua Hin’s Snakes Alive!

Fear of snakes is rarely based on any personal encounter or factual information. Since the biblical Garden of Eden, man has been seen pitted against slithering serpents. 

With news reports such as “Missing man found dead inside a python” or “Snake latches its jaws onto a Thai man using a squat toilet”; these fears aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. 

Hollywood often casts snakes as the bad guys.  For example “Snakes on a Plane”, is a movie about being menaced on an aircraft and “Boa” features a giant snake discovered in Antarctica; ironically the only continent that is snake-free.

The facts about snakes in Thailand are not so scary with estimations that less than 1% of tourists ever see a snake.  However there are around 200 species in the country with about 40 reported around Hua Hin.  You’ll find a list of Thailand’s snakes at www.thainationalparks.com/list-of-snakes-in-thailand.

When a snake is discovered by Hua Hin residents feeling threatened, there has been a way to have the snake identified, captured and taken to a remote area to be released.  David Frohlich has undertaking these tasks for several years because of a self-confessed obsession with snakes which began in his childhood. 

Managing Hua Hin’s Snakes Alive!

The young German national has lived in the US and South Africa before coming with his parents to Thailand and Hua Hin.  His love of snakes has resulted in the development of a Facebook group, ‘Snakes of Hua Hin’, which focuses on quickly identifying snakes seen by locals. 

David volunteers his time and expertise to respond to calls for assistance around Hua Hin.  When David was interviewed back in 2018, he was receiving numerous calls daily and typically makes a weekly trip to a remote location to release 10 or so snakes he has rescued. 

At the time we asked him an obvious question: “Have you ever been bitten by a venomous snake?” Answer: “Yes twice.  Once without any major consequence and once when I disturbed a snake I had kept at home under a shelter.  I’m glad to say that I was treated at a Hua Hin hospital, well prepared with anti-venom, especially as I could identify the species.”

Many of these snakes are legally protected, although he has seen little evidence of an official response to threats either to, or by, snakes.  Fear and ignorance can result in unnecessary attacks on snakes with garden implements, sticks or the like.       

David’s expertise has some international recognition with a German TV crew previously visiting to film a documentary here about his exploits.  

However the bad news for Hua Hin residents at that time was that David was about to leave Hua Hin to pursue university studies overseas; the good news is that he has now returned. 

From David “I’ve got some great news everyone!  From now on I’m PERMANENTLY back in Hua Hin and available to come relocate snakes!  I’ll be available pretty much any time that I’m not at work.  My new number is 093 174 0602.”

Managing Hua Hin’s Snakes Alive!

‘Snakes of Hua Hin’ Facebook; gives information about rescue services from Hua Hin’s own snake guru.  Please note David says the phone number above is a temporary new number which is likely to be updated soon.

Some words of wisdom for sufferers of ophidiophobia!     

Thailand Snakes are NOT interested in coming after you.  You are not a target if you leave them alone.

Thailand Snakes don’t chase you.  It’s when they are defending themselves that they move forward.

Snakes are mainly nocturnal and more active at night.

Snakes are more active after rain when prey (typically frogs or small rodents) is more available.

Removing places to shelter such as refuse or crevices is the best way to make your home less appealing.