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Joys of Birding
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
By / Editor

The Striped Snakehead or Channa striata,is also commonly called the Snakehead, Chevron Snakehead, and the Snakehead Murrel, is a native to South and Southeast Asia; also, introduced to some Pacific islands as well.

This fish as a voracious eater can grow to a meter in length and because of fishing, this size is rarely found. This can be found in the south of China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and nost od the Southeast Asia. Introduced in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mauritius. Well, this resilient fish is an invading species; so, other countries that introduced this fish or have escaped from their aquariums, suffered massive damages on their fisheries.

This fish has a huge mouth and can eat just about anything that moves in and on the water. I have been fishing on lakes and rivers in Thailand and I have caught a massive Snakehead and I thought it was already big, it was just actually small for the full size of this beast. I have broken several lines and destroyed lures just catching this fish and it is a special catch, a prize catch.

The one that I have here is guarding her fry aggressively. There were other fishes around since it was swamp area and the constant threat to the fry was giving her a lot of guarding to do. So the strategy of the mother Snakehead was to lead the fry to a shallow area where there is vegetation and then guard few inches away for big predators that are hungry enough to gamble a fight or literally eaten by the mother Snakehead.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
October 28,…

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ANIMALS

Striped Snakehead
Bush Cricket
Grasshopper
Emma Gray’s Forest Lizard
Pigtail Macaque
Stag Beetle
Brown Rhinoceros Beetle (male)
Sambar Deer
Brown Rhinoceros Beetle (female)
Ditch Jewel
Jumping Spider
Walking Sticks
Stick Insect
Sun Bear
Asian Black Bear (cub)
Eurasian Wild Pig
Indian Hog Deer (male)
Eld’s Deer (male)
Common Mock Viper
Spot Monkey Grasshopper
Keeled Slug Snake
White-handed Gibbon
Macrops Pit Viper
Huntsman Spider
Leaf Mimic
Kokarit Frog (brown)
Tailed Jay
Malayan Porcupine
Golden Jackal
Banded Kukri Snake
Reticulated Python
White-spotted Slug Snake
Common Cruiser
Great Nawab
Glassy Tiger
Blackvein Sergeant
Blanford’s Bridle Snake
Sleeping on a Leaf
Common Sun Skink
Dwarf Honey Bee
Craspedophorus Sublaevis (Ground Beetle)
Blue-crested Lizard (male)
Oriental Whipsnake
Oriental Garden Lizard
Small Milkweed Bug
Common Butterfly Lizard
Indochinese Water Dragon
Thailand Black Tarantula
Siamese Crocodile
Long-tailed Sun Skink
Spine-tufted Skimmer
Mudskipper
White-lipped Pit Viper
Green-vine Snake
King Cobra
Common Treeshrew
Yellow-headed Temple Turtle
Yellow Ridged Tree Snake
Mountain Rat
Asian Water Monitor Lizard
Black Giant Squirrel
Mouse Deer
Dusky Leaf Monkey
Wolf Spider
Long-tailed Macaque
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