Wildlife & National Parks of Thailand

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Reptiles and Amphibians

Siamese Russell's Viper

About a week ago board member and herping specialist "Onflipsflops" personal dream to see a Siamese Russell's Viper, Daboia siamensis in the wild came true! Also known as the Eastern Russell's Viper, it is Thailand's largest viper and the only species in the country that is not a pit viper. He explains how it lacks the typical heat sensing pits found in (e.g.) the green pit vipers. Though, it is believed that it does have a different kind of heat sensing organ to find its prey.

To read the account and see his stunning photographs click here http://www.wildlifethailand.com/forums/reptiles-amphibians/1521-siamese-russell-s-viper-daboia-siamensis

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Khao Yai's infamous crocodile(s)


Driving up to Khao Yai early Friday morning in my old jalopy was the usual game of risk and caution. One of keeping out of the way of warp speed mini buses and concentrating on the intra lane meanderings of lorry drivers on Thanyaburi's unmarked traffic lanes. Its a journey I start in the early morning darkness from Bangkok, escaping before the city wakes. Morning light broke close to Nakorn Nayok and it was not a good sign. There was heavy cloud blanketing the eastern skies.

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Mating time for the Big-eared Toad (Bufo macrotis)

The rains seem to have arrived early this year. They have triggered the age old cycles of the forests that have repeated for eons. The natural seasonal clock of life is ticking and has chimed a major change, a change that provides nourishment, habitat improvement, and the conditions for procreation for some species.

That time has come for the Big-eared Toad (Bufo macrotis) throughout Thailand. The big-eared toad is a leaf litter toad, it lives in the leaf litter of the forest floor. However, at mating times it congregates en masse in small forest streams and pools to take part in communal mating. It also displays another, quite exceptional, characteristic - the males turn temporarily yellow for the mating season. Discarding their normal drab hues makes the still drab females easy to distinguish at the mating sites.


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Eyed Butterfly Lizard - Leiolepis ocellata

Butterfly lizards (Leiolepidae) are fascinating ground dwelling reptiles that are active in the day and live in burrows, in loose or sandy soils. They can be seen during anytime of the day, out sunning themselves, quite oblivious to the two legged photographer. The eyed butterfly lizard is known to exist in Mynamar and Thailand but there is very little known about its natural history.

Indeed my favourite field guide to reptiles in Thailand and South-east Asia reads "Nothing known of its natural history..........".  It was believed to be subspecies of Leiolepis belliana known accordingly asLeiolepis belliana ocellata since 1971. However, in 2007 it was proposed as a full species of its own, Leiolepis ocellata, by Pauwels & Chimsunchart after biological studies.

And this is one of the reasons I so enjoy photographing natural history in Thailand. The chances of a photographer capturing a potentially new species (to science) are normally small but when you photograph something that there is very little information known about it brings home the potential that Thailand has for new species in her forests and natural areas. And that maybe, just maybe, one day, I may get lucky.

A Leiolepis ocellata photographed in Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

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