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Thailand, May 2018

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:25 pm
by Daniel Kane
Hi all,

A belated report of a trip a couple of friends and I went on back in May 2018. We flew London to Bangkok, got the hire car and drove straight to Kaeng Krachan NP. We spent 4 days here before moving up north to the area around Sa Kaeo and Khao Yai NP for a further 3 nights. All in all a very successful trip with our main target species seen in the first few days :D

Here are some photos of some of the species we encountered, beginning with KK:

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Varanus nebulosus

Malayopython reticulatus - 4m specimen with signs of a hard life

Smaller, prettier specimen from the same area. We found many of these snakes in vegetation near water

Cyrtodactylus brevipalmatus - an ironic common name for this (extremely) short-handed forest gecko

Kaloula pulchra

Ahaetulla prasina

Pyrops candelaria

Rhabdophis subminiatus

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Ptyas korros

Heterometrus spinifer

Ophiophagus hannah

Same again

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One more

Malayopython reticulatus road-cruised. Many of the pythons we found in this area had patches of scale damage. Possible result of the dry season?

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Lovely iridesence from the scales of this species

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Boiga cyanea - a beautiful species which I had wanted to see for quite some time

Sa Kaeo:

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Hypsiscopus plumbea found beside a small pond

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Enhydris enhydris, road-cruised just out of town

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Ahaetulla nasuta from the edge of agricultural land

Enhydris enhydris. We watched this specimen have around 10 unsuccessful strikes at the small fish in this pond

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Boiga multomaculata from the outskirts of town

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A full-body shot of the same snake

As usual, more photos and discussions can be seen on my Facebook and IG (dkane_nature).

The full species list went something like this:

Clinotarsus penelope
Kaloula pulchra

Many more species seen but not photographed or identified...


Malayemys macrocephala

Calotes versicolor
Cyrtodactylus brevipalmatus
Eutropis multifasciata
Gekko gecko
Hemidactylus flaviviridis
Hemidactylus platyurus
Lepidodactylus lugubris
Sphenomorphus sp.
Varanus nebulosus
Varanus salvator

Ahaetulla nasuta
Ahaetulla prasina
Boiga cyanea
Boiga multomaculata

Dendrelaphis nigroserratus DOR
Dendrelaphis sp DOR
Enhydris enhydris
Hypsiscopus plumbea
Malayopython reticulatus
Oligodon taeniatus
Ophiophagus hannah
Pareas carinatus
Pareas margaritophorus
Ptyas korros
Rhabdophis subminiatus
Trimeresurus albolabris
Xenecrophis flavipunctatus
Xenopeltis unicolor DOR

Re: Thailand, May 2018

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:16 pm
by Bobby Bok
Great post Daniel, love that in-situ pic of the Enhydris!

Re: Thailand, May 2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:21 pm
by Ilian Velikov
Brilliant! A lot to envy on this trip as well. These photos don't do justice to the size of The King though ;)

Re: Thailand, May 2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:08 pm
by Daniel Kane
Ilian Velikov wrote:These photos don't do justice to the size of The King though ;)

I think he was around the 3 metre mark, but we were so unprepared when we encountered him so it's hard to be sure (only slightly smaller than the king at LZ, for reference).

We found him on the final drive we did on this particular road and we actually drove past 'the spot' before deciding to turn around and have one last look around. None of us brought handling equipment and I almost didn't bring my camera because it had just started to rain. Very glad I did - only a couple of minutes looking and one of us saw this coil in the grass beside a pond... The rest is a blur!

Re: Thailand, May 2018

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:50 pm
by Ray Hamilton
Some nice shots from my favourite part of the world. Congrats on the Cobra. Enjoyed all your photos but particularly your unusual perspective of K.pulchra.

Thanks for posting. Ray