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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Too quick for a pic though.
    How would we know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    How would we know....
    I understand your point, although it is somewhat distrustful of my observation skills.



    I have been wrong before, however I brought back from the UK not one but 2 books of Birds of Thailand and although I don't think this kite is very common I am very confident about the identification.

    Photo next time ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I understand your point, although it is somewhat distrustful of my observation skills.
    I was expecting you to post up a slightly blurry pic telling us it was just moving out of shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    although it is somewhat distrustful of my observation skills.
    Don't worry about it, I saw a fox when we were coming up the mountain to the rigsite yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I was expecting you to post up a slightly blurry pic
    A fair prediction. The monkey pic will meet your expectations when I get to last part of my trip report.

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    ^ looking forward to it, your pics are bit like the old Littlewoods spot the ball competition if you recall those.

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    What's in your garden?-20220714_124712-jpg
    We have a tree here that has these flowers on it and they give off an amazing scent that is strong and very nice.
    I am hoping someone can identify it for me.

    What's in your garden?-20220714_124733-jpg
    It produces flowers in what I would describe as clumps.

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    The flowers end up as a "nut" which is around 100mm diameter and has a thin wooden like outer case.
    When these fall of they contain a lot of seeds inside

    What's in your garden?-20220714_124759-jpg
    These are the leaves if that helps anyone identify the tree.

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    Known as the 'Cannonball Tree', though correct name is Couroupita guianensis



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    This bush smells so good. If my gfs' bush smelled this good I'd be eating that shit several times a day.What's in your garden?-dscf1441-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    This bush smells so good. If my gfs' bush smelled this good I'd be eating that shit several times a day.
    Charming.

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    He's a real smoothie.

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    Had this guy on my red flowering shrub the other day. No idea what butterfly or moth it would turn into but sure a nice looking one. My wife told me that those white whiskers are barbed and if you touch with your hand it will itch for a few days. I was wearing my yard gloves as I always do and took care of it and fed it the birds that grabbed it up almost instantly once exposed on the ground.

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    ^ another species takes a step nearer extinction

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    The dog was making its special snake bark and I found it keeping a safe distance from this snake. The tiles are 40cm so the snake is about 60-70cm, with a fairly thick body. It wasn't too bothered by the dog and it didn't rush off when I went out either, it moved slowly off in its own sweet time. I thought it might be a keelback of some kind, anyone know for sure?

    What's in your garden?-snakejuly-jpg

    The face markings look distinctive.

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    I'll just add, for a group of 9 tiles

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I'll just add, for a group of 9 tiles
    In fact not. Each one tile has a pattern of 9 small squares. So it does look like 9 small tiles - without the challenge of laying that many.

    Anyway, mosaics aside, what is the snake?

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    ^ That's what i meant, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I thought it might be a keelback of some kind, anyone know for sure?
    After a bit of research I think I'll go with the Yellow-spotted keelback, aka the Common keelback.

    Xenochrophis flavipunctatus species page - THAILAND NATURE PROJECT

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    I'm going with checkered keelback. Non-poisonous but aggressive and bite happy.

    If only Shutree could have gotten a bit closer, not that I would have without my gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    I'm going with checkered keelback. Non-poisonous but aggressive and bite happy.

    If only Shutree could have gotten a bit closer, not that I would have without my gun.
    I am cautious with snakes that don't slither away rapidly, if they are not afraid then there might be a reason. I think the keelbacks are venomous, enough to take down a frog, but unlikely to hurt a person unless they stuck a finger in its mouth and let it chew. Maybe someone else will volunteer.

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    Not poisonous enough for the Aussies to recognise:

    Description. Keelbacks are Australia's only non-venomous, semi-aquatic snake. They are a small snake growing to 1 m at the most, but most adults range from 50 - 75 cm. They are grey to olive-brown or black in colour, with an indistinct banded pattern.
    However:

    Keelback snakes have salivary glands that secrete poison they ingest from eating poisonous toads. While both venom and poison are toxins, a venom requires direct delivery, for instance subcutaneously through a snake bite, but can be ingested without harm.
    The tiger keelback snake (Rhabdophis tigrinus) is a venomous (and poisonous) colubrid from Japan that gets its toxin primarily from eating toxic toads, one of its main prey items.

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    And, closer to home:

    Several of these species are quite venomous and extreme care should be taken around them. The most dangerous may be the Red-necked Keelback, found in lowland wetlands across the country and linked to several near-fatal reactions.Sep 22, 2563 BE


    Keelbacks of Thailand





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    What's in your garden?-dscf1463-jpgThe man at the seed store told me to plant tomatoes in September, but here it is July and I'm getting a lot of tomatoes set. This was a volunteer plant and I had no reason to pull it, it must have 15 tomatoes.

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    This purple plant [google says Cordyline] lives in the shade of the Lamyai tree and loves all this rain we've been having. These are just cuttings off the mother plant.

    What's in your garden?-dscf1486-jpgWhat's in your garden?-dscf1489-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    And, closer to home:
    Interesting. I think I'll continue to be cautious around these keelbacks. I don't expect to see many, I don't have a pond myself although there are ponds and rice paddies close by where they might be living.

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