Chatuchak at Night

19 Oct

The complex of parks at Chatuchak is a beautiful place to walk around at night, especially during the rainy season.   On a single night I’ve seen as many as 8-9 species of frogs there, plus a few snakes, monitors, and turtles.  You can find the frogs anywhere, though several of the species are most likely to be found near water. Just follow the calls! Here are a few of my finds, most of them from just a couple hours in a single night:

Ornate Narrowmouth Frog

Common Indian Toad
Common Indian Toad Bufo melanostictus

They can puff themselves up huge when threatened
Common Indian Toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus

Round-tongued Floating Frog
Round-tongued Floating Frog Occidozyga martensii

Jumping to get away
Round-tongued Floating Frog Occidozyga martensii

Asian Grass Frog eating an earthworm
Asian Grass Frog Fejervarya limnocharis eating

Inornate Froglet
Inornate Froglet Micryletta inornata

Green Paddy Frog
Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea

Brown variation of the same species
Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea

Four-lined Treefrog
Four-lined Treefrog Polypedates leucomystax

treefrog calling
Four-lined Treefrog Polypedates leucomystax

Asian Painted Frog
Asian Painted Frog Kaloula pulchra

The fattest one of these I’ve ever seen
Asian Painted Frogs Kaloula pulchra

A few reptiles to break up the amphibian streak:

Malayan Snail-eating Turtles
Malayan Snail-eating Turtles Malayemys macrocephala

On the first night that I tried looking around the park, I’d been finding plenty of cool things when I suddenly realized that closing time was close and I had no idea how far I was from the entrance. I started jogging to try to find the way out as quickly as possible. About 4-5 minutes into that I suddenly saw a nice thick snake crossing the path!

Banded Kukri Snake

disappearing into hole

I’m sure that there’s lots more in this park that I haven’t found. Thanks for taking a look!

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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Herping adventures


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