Holiday in Thailand.

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Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Martti Niskanen » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:54 pm

I happened to have time and money at the same time, so I booked some very reasonably priced flights to Thailand. The purpose of the two week trip was to enjoy the warmth, eat and relax, not really to herp. I Flew to Phuket and travelled to Khao Sok national park from there. After a few days in Khao Sok, I went south to Krabi province and again over to Phuket island to fly back home. Here are some photos from the trip. I'll add a video as well as soon as I get it sorted.

I stayed over at a floating hut on the lake in the np. The views on the way there were quite stunning.
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We went caving in Nam Ta Lu cave, which was very nice, although claustrophobia-inducing. The cave was very wet and we spent about half the distance (total around 800m) of the cave wading and swimming.
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Bats.
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Acanthosaura crucigera.
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It didn't rain that evening, but we had a quick look for herps. The guide didn't really understand English and I didn't manage to convince him not to catch the herps as I wanted to photograph them in situ.

Cyrtodactylus quadrivirgatus.
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Limnonectes blythii.
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After a night of beer and Hong Thong (cheap Thai booze) with our guides, we got up early to see primates. We managed to see gibbons, langurs and a civet.
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Face in the rock.
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I went walking around in the park during two days. I walked up and down streams to stay close to water and not to get lost. It was very dry, but I still managed to find some species.

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Sphenomorphus maculatus.
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Male Calotes emma.
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Limnonectes sp.
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Odorrana chloronota
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The ever-abundant Polypedates leucomystax.
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Microhyla fissipes.
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There were other wildlife besides herps:

Gasteracantha sp.
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Nephila maculata
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Long-tail macaque.
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Found this on my shoulder.
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If only.....
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From Khao Sok, I went off to Krabi province for the beaches and food. I didn't do any herping, but the region seemed to have very nice potential for a future herping trip.

A beautiful Calotes versicolor.
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DOR Chrysopelea sp.
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Holiday.
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Cheers,

Martti
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:25 pm

Looks like you had a good time!!

The Calotes emma male looks great!!!!
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Martti Niskanen » Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:32 pm

They're like little devils.
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Ray Hamilton » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:45 am

Interesting stuff. Loved the two Calotes. I've never managed to turn up C.emma. Were there many about where you were?

Loved the sky in your final shot (sigh).
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Martti Niskanen » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:32 pm

Ray Hamilton wrote:Interesting stuff. Loved the two Calotes. I've never managed to turn up C.emma. Were there many about where you were?


I've only found C. emma in Khao Sok, where they can be found along the path into the park. They seem fairly common, as in you can see several per day.
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Pierre-Yves Vaucher » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:44 am

cool, nice landscape and animals.... I love the deep english green of the lake (or river?)
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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Mario Schweiger » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Hello Martti,

just found this between my "old" pictures.
You remember ;) approx. 4:30 a.m.

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Re: Holiday in Thailand.

Postby Martti Niskanen » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:05 pm

Mario Schweiger wrote:Hello Martti,

just found this between my "old" pictures.
You remember ;) approx. 4:30 a.m.


I sure do. We're currently doing field work on the island of Åland and it's been pretty much like that every night for about a week. Consuming stuff.
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