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Snakes of Malaysia

There are about 2000 species of snakes in the world and Malaysia is bestowed with at least 180 species of which 142 are found in Peninsular Malaysia. The snakes fauna in Peninsular Malaysia can be considered to be one of the richest in the world. Snakes can be categorized under non-venomous, mildly venomous and venomous, the majority of which are harmless and only a small percentage  being poisonous. Of the 142 species in Peninsular Malaysia, only 39 species are poisonous. Among the poisonous snakes 17 species are land snakes and 22 species are sea snakes. The venomous snakes are the cobras, kraits, coral snakes, vipers and sea snakes.

Snakes are very colourful creatures varying from uni-coloured to multi-coloured patterns. They live in places they can find food and also the kind of camouflage needed for their concealment which are necessary for their survival. Snakes are normally not aggressive and they kill in order to obtain food for their survival.

Ecologically, snakes played a major role in keeping the rodent population in the forest and field in check as most snakes feed on rats which are not only pests but are a source for spreading various diseases. Indirectly they are bio-control agents of pest rodents both in the field as well as in human environment.


Technical Details

Date of Issue : 9th March 2002

Stamp Value :  30 sen, 30 sen,  50 sen, RM1.00

Stamp Size : 28mm x 38mm

Sheet Content : 20 Stamps

M/Sheet value : RM4.00

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Perforation 13.75 x 13.25

Paper Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process Lithography

Printer : Pencetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Chakra Creative


Python reticulatus

A Common species in Malaysia with netlike brown to tan tan markings on the body and a line on its head. The Reticulated Python is about the longest snake in the world with recordings of over 9.5 metres. Though a harmless snake, it can be dangerous because of its size which has the power of constricting its victims.


Royal Tree Snake

This snake, an uncommon species, is confined to Malaysia and can grow to up to 1.7 metres in length. With its multi-coloured pattern of a mixture of green-blackorange-yellow, this non-poisonous snake is the most elegant and beautiful of snakes in Malaysia.


Malaysian Krait

The Malaysian Krait is a black snake with white body bands which do not encircle the whole body and tail. Confined to inland and coastal areas, it is usually found near water. Its bites are venomous.


Blue Malaysian Coral Snake

The largest of coral snakes , the Blue Malaysian Coral species is dark blue/blue black with a light blue stripe on its sides with its head, belly and tail a coral red in colour. An adult species can reach a length of 1.5 metres. Its bites are venomous.





Price USD4.90

King Cobra

The adult King Cobra is uniformly brown in colour while the juvenile is black with narrow white and yellow cross-bars on its body. The head is black with white cross-bars and a whitish belly. It expands its hood when disturbed and is the largest venomous snakes in the world and may exceed 6 metres in length.



(Stamps + M/S + Imperf M/S)

Price USD9.90


Item USD

MNH Stamps (4v)


Set of 3 FDCs (Stamps + Perf M/S + Imperf M/S)


Info Leaflet with Stamps & Cancel


Presentation Pack


Set of 4 Full Sheets


Set of 2 Miniature Sheets



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