Mission Statement

The aim of this website is to simplify snake identification and to provide information about snake toxicity. The snakedatabase is designed to help answering these crucial questions when spotting a snake:

1. What snake species is that?
2. Is it dangerously venomous or a constrictor that can kill a human?

Every year more than 100,000 people die from venomous snakebites, correct snake identification helps to avoid dangerous snake bites and to treat bites appropriately.

For this reason we collect images of snakes, morphological data, distribution data, toxicological information and common names. Powerful filtering options help to navigate through this data, e.g. when trying to identify a certain snake.

Species pages

Species pages for each snake built the backbone of the database. If you look up e.g the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), you will find data about its size and toxicity. All data in the snakedatabase is fully referenced. You can look up the source data, e.g. for the size of the King cobra or its toxicity classification.

Snake_ID & DB_Filter

The snake_ID-page is a very helpful tool for snake identification. It is easy to use even though it has powerful filtering options. You can look up snakes by location and dangerousness (both venomous snakes and constrictors). In expert mode you can filter out sea snakes, provide a description of eyes and pupils, describe the head and the fangs or distinguish by tail shapes.

The DB_Filter-page offers a taxonomic filter for systematic herpetological research. The search results display snake size, dentition, toxicity, dangerousness classification and even if this specific snake is able to spit venom.


The LD50-page provides detailed data records about scientifically measured snake toxicity. This page is the most comprehensive data collection of its kind that is currently online.