Facts about Snakes

Hi guys,

welcome at the Snake Database! My name is Sascha Steinhoff, I am a tech journalist from Germany. Some years ago I had been living in Southeast-Asian, mainly Bangkok. It was over there that I almost stepped into a snake by accident one day. It fortunately did not bite, the snake was actually even more afraid than me. Identifying the snake, turned out to be not so easy. There are so many snake species in Thailand.

This was the initial kick off for this project. I wanted to create a database that simplifies snake identification. Proper snake identification can mean the difference between life and death.

Getting data about snakes

That’s the reason why I collect data about snakes and share it with everybody for free. I would like to find an answer to these five simple questions about any living snake on the planet:

 1. What snake is this? How can I identify it?
 2. Is it a venomous snake? Is it dangerous?
 3. Does it have fangs? If yes, how long are these?
 4. What will happen to me, if I get bitten?
 5. How big does it grow?

Collecting this very basic data can be a real challenge. I had a very hard time in just finding common names for all snake species worldwide. Getting toxicity information about snakes is way more difficult. Just have a look at our page LD50 of venomous snakes. At the current state this page contains the largest collection of LD50 data records that’s currently online. But it is by far not covering even all known venomous species. And there are many more species with unclear toxicity.

Building up the database

Our database is still in experimental stage and only partly filled with data records. You can watch it grow in realtime on the Database monitor. If you want to see a complete species page just check our reference snake, the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). We don’t have the queries yet, but all data is stored in a structured way in MySQL and will be fully searchable in future. Right now only taxonomy search is up and working. It is quite handy, if you are familiar with scientific names.

Upcoming improvements

A more user-friendly search for common names and other queries will follow in 2017. The biggest challenge we are facing now, is getting all source data we need. If you are interested in herpetology and would like to contribute your knowledge, please drop me a mail