Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

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Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:54 pm

I was in Thailand on three different occasions, but the most reptiles were seen in the Kao Yai National Park, and, for this reason (and also because during the other travels I had no digital camera or no camera at all!) I will post here some pictures of this place. Even if Khao Yai is a very touristic destination, especially during holidays periods.

Forest is the dominating habitat inside the park, but just outside the park boundaries you can met many fields, meadows, agricultural areas and secondary forest: all these optimal habitats for reptiles and amphibians.

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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:00 pm

In this hut we found two snakes sheds. One shed came frome a flying snake Chrysopelea (if I remember well).

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In this other hut we found instead an actual snake...

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Can you see it?
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:04 pm

Yes, a green small snake... But what kind of snake? A Boiga? A red tailed racer? Or a Trimeresurus?

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Boiga cyanea


In the same hut many butterflies and... Boiga food!
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Boiga food (I'm not able to be more accurate in the determination)
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:09 pm

Boiga cyanea was a rather common species, and we met babies and adult snakes as well

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Adult specimen met on the road during night (in situ picture)

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Detail
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:18 pm

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Ptyas korros is a very particular type of snake: common, fast, diurnal, well appreciated as food by the locals, and... with the capacity to lose the tip of its tail if grabbed by the tail by a predator. As I could test myself when I tried to catch a big specimen while it was crossing a road: I grabbed it by its tail, as we herpers normally do, and I found myself in a few seconds only with a korros tail in my hand! :shock:

In this case we arrived few minutes later...
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DOR specimen

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Same specimen as above


Is this a Ptyas korros too?
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Picture taken by Rica Kempter

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Head detail of the Ptyas mucosus shown above (picture Rica Kempter)


Yes, Ptyas mucosus is another common finding around this area
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Big mucosus DOR...


And a wonderful baby found by my friends directly in our guest house!
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Picture Rica Kempter


Babies korros are also beautiful and different from the adults, but I've no pictures of them
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:32 pm

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A warning signal or an invitation...?


Clearly an invitation...
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Picture Rica Kemper: black spitter or Naja kaouthia?


Unfortunately I was not with my friends during that encounter, and the only cobra I could watch was this, which wasn't crossing any road neither doing anything interesting... :cry:
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:43 pm

But I met, totally alone, this nice guy here, not far from our guest house

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In situ and... note its tounge!

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Same


Yellow specimen found by my friends
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Picture Rica Kempter
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:45 pm

I will post soon other pictures... :ugeek:
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Kriss Kaspersen » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:17 pm

Great post, and nice to see Khao yai again. It´s such a tranquil place full of life :) That yellow A. prasina is a true beauty, new they where around in that color but never seen one myself. Tell me is the crocodile still in the river close to the park restaurant area?
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Re: Thailand: Khao Yai National Park

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:08 pm

Kriss Kaspersen wrote:Great post, and nice to see Khao yai again. It´s such a tranquil place full of life :) That yellow A. prasina is a true beauty, new they where around in that color but never seen one myself. Tell me is the crocodile still in the river close to the park restaurant area?


Thanks Kriss.

The crocodiles lived, but I've not seen them: my friends did, and they also observed retic and molurus pythons. But I went only once in Khao Yai, while my friends more times.

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Near the "crocs area"
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Not easy to see...


It was almost always there
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Here is very easy to see it
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