Ton, I saw your message regarding that flying frog 10 days late, sorry. Actually I can give you the exact location of the small pond in which the frogs were discovered but looking at google maps it seems inaccurate. The area is well known to birders being part of the Doi Lang loop that starts in either Fang or Thaton. Unfortunately the army has seen fit to close the loop in the middle meaning you have to enter from either end and return the same way.
To get to the frog pond you need to enter from Thaton but the more I try to describe the route the more difficult it sounds. Your best idea would to get your young biologist to call my wife Ploy on 0923514791 and she will describe how to get there, or if he speaks some English he can speak to me. Its a well known spot for birders and the pond is right next the road, pics were taken in October if my memory serves me correctly.
I already received some of this information through Paul ;-)
Not sure if this wet season will work, but I surely hope to get up North next year to do some serious herping. The frogs would also be a nice bonus, but am hoping for some exciting snake species that I have not seen yet, and perhaps some that might not even have been officially recorded in Thailand. Doi Phu Kha NP is another place I would want to go to.
Anyway I will pass this info on to my friend.
That Doi Lang area, do you think access at night is possible? Is the road open day and night (apart from the blockage you mention half way.)?
Certainly an interesting area to check out.
Yes I've camped up there but be careful in the winter it goes down to zero at times. July should be fine, and having checked my records more carefully that's when I observed the mating behavior of this frog. What was the thread for the info about its name etc?
This area is basically a cloud forest, very similar to that found on the summit of Doi Inthanon. Masses of lichen and moss, great stuff for frogs! Doi Phu Kha is a bit more touristy and generally reforested with pine trees, more alpine looking. Great Park Headquarters and camp site.
Well, do not worry, I certainly will not go camping there in the winter time ;-) but thanks for warning me. Most reptiles and amphibians will be inactive during that cold period.
The wet seasons are the most interesting for the herpetofauna. So if I take the effort to drive all the way up North, it should be in the right time of year to make sure it is worthwhile.
How about mammals in that area? Anything interesting that you know off?
I've seen quite a lot of mammals, probably because the area was of limits for 20 years due to the military conflict with the Karon (Tai Yai) The odd Barking Deer shows up, Serow and Crab Eating Mongoose. Leopards are a possibility I guess. What was the name of the tree frog?