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Thailands Zoos and Animals The forum to tell us about your visits to the tiger temples in Kanchanaburi or the tiger zoo in Sri Racha, crocodile farms in Pattaya & Bangkok, Thai elephant kraals in Ayutthaya & Phuket, Panda bears in Chiang Mai zoo. Thailand has many zoo's and wildlife sanctuaries and quite often you can get the oppurtunity to eat crocodile eggs, or emu steaks and many other exoctic dishes, or just check out our Thai Snakes, Thai Ducks, Thai Bats, Mongoose, Hornbills, Crocodiles or Thai Freshwater Fish sections.

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Old 20-03-2010, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Malayan Snail-eating Terrapin (Rice-field Terrapin)

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Scienctific Name : Malayemys subtrijuga

General Characteristics : The body shape of rice-field terrapin is similar to other turtles but only smaller. It weighs around half a kilogram. It has a pale brown shell and a black head with the big white lines from nose through upper eyes and from mouth through lower eyes. It also has white lines on its cheeks. These big white lines are the distinction of this turtle. It has black grey skin and legs.

Habitat / Food : It is commonly found in all regions of Thailand.It does not like eating vegetables but likes eating snails, craps, shrimps, insects and small fish.

Behavior / Mating : It is easily frightened. It does not like humans. If it sees humans, it will stay still, be motionless or hide in its shell. It likes living in its shell. It likes living in muddy river, creek, swamp and marsh. Because it is also commonly found in paddy fields, it is so called “Tao Na”.

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Out cycling this morning I saw what I thought to be a lump of cow shit in the middle of the road. On going closer It appeared to be a large Terrapin. I picked it up and decided to let my kids see it tonight after school. I then had to cycle the 20km home one handed with this creature clawing the fcuk out of other hand. Anyways here is the picture. From DD's post above it appears to be a Rice-field Terrapin. A first for me.

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Just be careful Prags. They carry salmonella.
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Just be careful Prags. They carry salmonella.
Thanks for your concern. Haven't let the kids handle it due to the thing keeping its mouth open a lot and I'm worried it may bite them. We've decided to release it into the pond at the local Wat. Hopefully we should gain some merit in doing so.
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Just be careful Prags. They carry salmonella.
If they do, it's a highly nominal form.

Salmonella is a rarity in nature's cycles, yet does exist in quite milder strains.

...and usually requires human-induced activity to develop regarding the nasty variety that we're familiar with.
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If they do, it's a highly nominal form. Salmonella is a rarity in nature's cycles, yet does exist in quite milder strains. ...and usually requires human-induced activity to develop regarding the nasty variety that we're familiar with.
Either way Jeff it doesn't matter what one touches here you run the risk of catching something or other.
I catch Gecko's for my pit-bull to chase and eat and it was only Gazza's warning about Terrapins that I found that Gecko's are also carriers of Salmomella.
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Smoked Salmon , doesn't stick to that and you'll have a happy ending
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Smoked Salmon , doesn't stick to that and you'll have a happy ending
Yet, pit-bull bbq is a tastier and more practical vehicle.
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