Khao Sok 2017

At the end of November my school had organized a trip to Khao Lak and Khao Sok and I was fortunate enough to be able to assist in the week. This area has a fantastic diversity of wildlife, including reptiles and amphibians. I have previously visited this area in July this year and found a number of interesting species. I had an opportunity one evening to head out for a few hours to see what I could find. Fortunately, during these few hours I was able to find some very nice species, including one which I had been searching for since I arrived in Thailand. Although until now I had found four male Wagler’s pit vipers (Tropidolaemus wagleri), it was the giant-headed females which I was interested in seeing. I was very fortunate to find not one but two of these giant vipers during the few hours I had to search for them, one was perched around fifteen metres high in the tree canopy and the other around ten metres. These are truly one of the most impressive looking snakes I have ever seen. Furthermore, I found a Malayan spotted coral snake (Calliophis intestinalis), a young Mangrove snake (Boiga dendrophila) and a male Banded pit viper (Trimeresurus fucatus). A very successful few hours out in the forest!

Later in the week we also visited a remote cave with our students and here I was able to find a wonderful Ridley’s cave racer (Othriophis taeniurus ridleyi) one of the few snakes I know of which have adapted to living in caves in almost complete darkness. As we hiked down from the cave one of our students spotted another snake, a keeled-slug eating snake (Pareas carinatus), however it was raining hard and we needed to make our way back to our boats so I didn’t have chance to photograph it but just moved it off the trail into a tree. All in all a great few days with our students in a fantastic area of Thailand with a few nice encounters along the way! Many thanks to Somchai Saingphraodi for his help!