Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

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Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

Post by blacktara » August 14th, 2016, 2:23 am

Asian Turtoise - Manouria emys pharei
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Giant Asian Pond Turtle - Heosemys grandis
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Siamese crocodile - Crocodylus siamensis

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Caecilian - According to our guide, an undescribed species - Ichthyophis - we also found a d.o.r yellow striped one (I believe kohtaoensis)
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Common Asian toad - Bufo melanosticus
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Barred gliding lizard - Draco taeniopterus
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Blandford's gliding lizard - Draco blandfordii
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Orange-winged gliding lizard - Draco maculatus
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Common parachute gecko - Ptychozoon lionotum
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And a couple of really cool non-herps

Sun bear - Helarctos melayanus - at Kaeng Krachen
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Dhole - Asian wild dog - Cuon alpinus
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Sunda pangolin - Manis javanica - From Kaeng Krachen - maybe the coolest find of the whole trip
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Re: Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

Post by numpty » August 15th, 2016, 10:19 am

Nice pics! Lucky you to see the sun bear. And that darned croc in Khao Yai! I've been in that park at least four times now, and only once - perhaps - caught a momentary glimpse of the top of its head before it submerged. Or perhaps I didn't see it at all. (Though I did come face to face with a bull elephant.) Was it at the spot with the knocked-down warning signs?

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Re: Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

Post by blacktara » August 17th, 2016, 10:37 am

There were some no swimming signs -- it was along a trail that starts by a waterfall and some rapids and further upstream the water widens and slows and the croc hangs out there.

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Re: Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

Post by numpty » August 17th, 2016, 7:12 pm

Aye, that's it, between Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall (campsite) and Heo Suwat Waterfall. When I first went there five years ago there were a few "Beware of Crocodile" signs at that wide stretch, which at the time I guessed must actually refer to monitors. On my next few visits there were more professional-looking signs, by which time I knew there actually was a crocodile there (for a while they said there were two). On my last visit two months ago the specific crocodile signs were down. I found two of them stuffed under bushes ... I suspected guides might have done that to make it more difficult for independent hikers, though it could also have been the result of stormy weather (though in that case you might hope someone would have stuck them back up again).

By the way, that's a very cool story about the dhole in your other post ... sounds amazing to have witnessed that!

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Re: Thailand - Some cool "Not-a-snakes"

Post by blacktara » August 18th, 2016, 5:51 am

I also heard that there used to be two crocs. There's only one now. I guess they aren't quite sure how it got there - might've been a captive that was released.

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