After seven months in Bangkok I moved out near Bangkapi. I wouldn’t call Bangkapi a “natural” area, but I did my best to see what I could find. One night I got my flashlight and my camera and I took a walk.
Right next to my apartment building was an empty lot full of water puddles. In the puddles were dozens of Round-tongued Floating Frogs. This is the best spot I’ve found in Bangkok for them:
Also common in the puddles were the Green Paddy Frog
Near those puddles was a motorcycle parking lot, and this juvenile Red-tailed Pipe Snake was moving right through the dirt lot at night.
The habitat it was found in:
Some Asian Grass Frogs were mating in a temporary puddle in full view of everyone on the street
On the street were also Common Indian Toads
and Asian Painted Frogs. I found this one by finding the source of some extremely loud calls. These frogs sound like a bull.
I like this shot of a different one – it was in a tree on the main road with no obvious habitat nearby.
Near a larger pond were these Darkside Narrowmouth Frogs. They were the first ones I’d found in Bangkok.
I also saw a number of lizard species, such as this juvenile Tokay Gecko,
Spiny-tailed House Geckos crawling on trees at night,
and a sleeping Oriental Garden Lizard that I accidentally woke up.
Some of my neighbors told me that Bangkapi was a jungle before it got developed. It is sad that what must have been a beautiful natural area has been wiped out by malls and concrete and apartment buildings. But as my night with a flashlight showed, even developed areas can still hold strong wildlife diversity, as long as the pollution stays down and they still have a few little wild lots to call home.