Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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Rare Siamese crocodile spotted in Phetchaburi River


Pictures of a rarely seen Siamese crocodile have been snapped by Kaeng Krachan National Park's camera traps at the Phetchaburi River upstream, near the Ban Pong Luek and Ban Bang Kloi communities on Saturday.

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Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Mana Permpool said the park's effort has paid off. He vowed that they would continue their mission to conserve forests for wild animals.

Photo Credit: Kaeng Krachan National Park

According to Wikipedia, the Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) is a medium-sized freshwater crocodile native to Indonesia, Brunei, East Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

In the past, this species of crocodile could be found in water resources throughout Thailand, especially in the Bueng Boraphet swamp in Nakhon Sawan province where up to 200 crocodiles had reportedly been discovered.

Photo credit: Kaeng Krachan National Park

This crocodile is classified as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List,and is listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Published : January 24, 2021

By : The Nation