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Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by blacktara » August 13th, 2016, 5:45 am

Just finished a two week trip to Thailand.

Let's start with the snakes. We saw twenty species live. Two identified snakes, the spitting cobra (naja siamensis) and the sunbeam snake -(Xenopeltis unicolor) eluded capture. We also had three snakes that got away before they could even be identified. Besides this we saw five C species d.o.r only - Copperhead racer (Coelognathus radiates), Cambodian kukri snake ((Oligodon mouhoti), Mountain bronzeback (Dendrelaphis subocularis), Many-spotted cat snake (Boiga multomaculata), and Bocourt's mud snake (Enhydris bocourti)

The following are from the northern part of the peninsula - Cha-Am, Kaeng Krachen, and Pala-U

Golden tree snake - Chrysopelea ornate
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Banded kukri snake - Oligodon fasciolatus
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Blue krait - Bungarus candidus
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Long-nosed whip snake - Ahaetulla nasuta
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Oriental whip snake - Ahaetulla prasina
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Pope's pit viper - male - Popeia popeiorum
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Pope's pit viper - female - Popeia popeiorum
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McClelland's coral snake - neonate - Sinomicrurus macclellandi
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Triangle keelback - Xenochrophis trianguligerus
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White lipped pit viper - female - Cryptelytrops alboalbris
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White lipped pit viper - male - Cryptelytrops albolabris
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Red-necked keelback - Rhabdophis subminiatus
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Reticulated python - python reticulatus
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Indochinese rat snake - juvenile - Ptyas korros
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Keeled slug eater - Pareas carinatus
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Green cat snake - Boiga cyanea
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Red-tailed racer - Gonyosoma oxycephalum
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The following are from Khao Yai and nearby areas

Oriental whip snake - white phase - Ahaetulla prasina
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Large-eyed pit viper - males - Cryptelytrops macrops
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Vogel's pit viper - Viridovipera vogeli
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Common bronzeback - Dendrelaphis pictus
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And last but not least, the elusive Siamese viper - Daboia siamensis
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More to come later - frogs, lizards, caecilian, and mammals - when I get some more time

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by Neiloss » August 14th, 2016, 3:20 am

A fine selection of snakes - looks like a good trip!
Nice shots of Chrysopelea ornata, they are beautiful snakes.

Neil

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by shanicy » August 14th, 2016, 6:03 am

Awesome!
Great photos

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by Jimi » August 15th, 2016, 10:47 am

Well done! Gotta call you & get the 411 on all those tree vipers! Glorious Pope's BTW - WOW.

I know you're a busy guy, and probably paying right now for your time away from work, but...got any trip stories to go with these pics?

cheers

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » August 15th, 2016, 10:49 pm

Great! Really jealous of that emerald Gonyosoma...

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by LouB747 » August 15th, 2016, 11:38 pm

Awesome finds. Congrats on a great trip.

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Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Post by blacktara » August 17th, 2016, 10:33 am

Jimi of course there's some good stories

At one place we were returning to the car (parked off the road) from a hike and a car full of people stopped and asked us if we were looking for Pokémon

At another place we were having dinner and suddenly there is a commotion and the owner of the restaurant comes back and tells us there's an elephant walking down the street - sure enough there he was walking down the middle of the road thru town (He is a lone male who regularly visits the market site in town and goes thru the market's garbage - apparently if he shows up while market is still going on there is quite the commotion to pack up and vacate the premises)

Last little story - the dhole - We are driving along a small lake in Khao Yai. I see a barking deer hopping along the opposite shore. It then jumps into the water and swims a short way before going back on land, hopping a little more and then disappearing into the trees. Our guide says that that's very unusual behavior and hypothesizes maybe it's being chased. We hang around a few minutes and just as we have decided there is nothing more to see, the guide spots the dhole - running along the same path as the deer had. We got to see it jump the deer, which tried to escape back into the water. The dog followed it and took it down and dragged it back onshore. I was way too slow with the camera. My buddy Logan got some shots of the dog with the barking deer in its mouth. First time I have ever seen a predator like that take down prey in the wild. It was, needless to say, awe inspiring

It's hard for me to believe that we did not find more cobras (especially given some of the incredible stuff we DID find)

Keep in touch man. I am trying to find a way to hop over to Hyde County for a few days in late Sept to finally get a Carolina pyg.

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