Fighter Book and Thailand Centipede Video – VLOG 1

This is Thailand video blog (VLOG) 1. I don’t know how long this will continue, but, I want to see about doing a video every day about something in Thailand. Some videos will be good. Some will suck. If you don’t like me – they’ll all suck, so go somewhere else. If there’s nothing I feel like saying on a particular day – or week, I’ll not do a vlog. I think where people go wrong with vlogs and podcasts is that – if there’s nothing going on – DON’T shoot a video about it. Nobody cares.

VLOG 1 is about a book I think you’ll like and a beast you wouldn’t want to get anywhere near you without your knowledge. I caught a giant centipede last night and stuffed him in a snake bag. I’ll shoot some video of it today, let it go somewhere far from civilization, and post the video here tomorrow. We caught a small tarantula, some frogs, saw a beautiful leopard gecko type thing, none of which I bothered to shoot video of – it was night time and I’ve seen all that stuff before. I’ll try to find interesting things to show you, not bore you.

There’s always something going on in Thailand. I might comment about news, I might show you a snake I caught, I might tell you a good place to vacation in Thailand that you haven’t thought about, or mention a blog I just turned on to. There will be tech tips – like using your iphone as a modem for your computer, and other tech topics.

Here’s VLOG 1:

Dangerous Snake – Or Not?

If you see this snake - should you run away screaming?

This snake isn’t seen that often in Thailand, but they are common enough. I’ve seen three in the wild and this one that friends already caught.

This is a paradise tree snake – Chrysopelea paradisi, a flying snake. They can glide very far when they jump from high trees. Very far as in tens of meters horizontally. There are other flying snakes that are similar – and you’ve probably seen them – they are much more common…

Here is one ->

Flying snakes are not very dangerous. I’ve been bitten by them many times, and never had anything come of it. That isn’t to say you should let one bite down on you for many seconds though. They do have venom, they have rear fangs which inject venom into small pray like their favorites – geckos and frogs. The venom works well on those smaller creatures, but you’ll probably not notice anything if one bites you.

If you have any snake ID questions, go to ThailandSnakes.com and choose the link in the upper right about ID’ing snakes. Fill out the information and send me a photo to: info@thailandsnakes.com. I’ll see if I can figure out what it is.

Here are some common Thailand snakes you might have seen before.

 

A New Thailand Snake to Identify

Found this snake yesterday and can’t figure out what it might be. There are 200+ different types of snake in Thailand. I’ve seen a lot of them, but not this one. I’ve also seen another one – or possibly this exact same snake about a week ago on the same mountain, but couldn’t see his head so I didn’t grab him.

Want to help figure it out? (Click images to enlarge)

The color is green all over the top - with a tail that has some dark red- very dark, more brown-red.

Click here to see the snake belly[/caption]

Tokay Geckos For Sale in Thailand?

Tokay Gecko on a wall in Thailand
Tokay Geckos under threat!

Ever since I started posting videos and photos about the Tokay Geckos I was catching in Thailand I’ve been blitzed by people – usually in Malaysia – that want to pay outrageous sums of money for these Geckos.

I was told by my Thai friend that these people that buy the Tokays believe that the tongue will cure HIV / AIDS.

Below is a comment I received on one of my Tokay YouTube videos – phone and email changed to make invalid.

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Approval required for comment on “Tokay Gecko Squawking in Thailand”
I’m BUYING Tokay gecko in weight:
400gsm above Starting RM4-Million,
500gsm Starting RM15-Million,
600gsm RM25-Million
700gsm RM40-Million
(Amount is negotiable for owner to demand the price)
800gsm
900gsm
1KG
IT’S FOR YOU TO DEMAND THE PRICE.

Please contact me at:
+6641 6878 528
Faiza_A*$*$*$*#@*#.com
We are DIRECT buyer Associate With:
Canada.
W.H.O
Korea.
Holland.
(I’M NOT A BROKER, GENUINE BUYER DIRECTLY)

We DO come over to other country!
Indonesia,
Myanmar,
Thailand,
Laos,
And more!

*****

So these guys are affiliated with the WHO huh? The World Health Organization???

If you look up the conversion rate on Ringit Malaysia you’ll find that they are willing (they say) to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars for these Tokay Geckos.

No wonder I’m hearing less of them in Thailand.

There are guys that go out at night in the forest and collect every Tokay they can find – guys that come across the border from Malaysia and plunder the gecko populations of Thailand – to take back to Malaysia.

Apparently the drive to find tokay gecko tongues is unstoppable at the moment! I’ve read a lot of forums where these guys are literally dying to get their hands on these geckos.

Sell one big gecko – have enough to buy a house, car, and retire for a couple years.

Sounds lucrative.

Sounds illegal.

Is it?

Update 1/21/11 – I just got this as a form submission on my site (contact details changed):

Type: ThaiPulse BLOG Contact Form
FName: annie
LName: rodder
email: a%&&#^&1988@yahoo.com
Comment: good day!! i have a little tokay gecko farm here in philippines.. i have a 30 pcs of gecko\’s in my farm that approximately weighing 150 to 250 grms each.. i want to add more gecko\’s in my farm but i\’m lack of fund.. and i have a group of man for hunting a tokay gecko\’s.. there are some foreigner here buying a tokay geckos in a high prices but i want a direct buyer for a higher price.. i can keep hunred geckos in my farm if i have a direct buyer for assurance that my gecko\’s will be sold in a nice price.. thanks and Godbless!!

God bless us, and fuck the geckos – right?

If you have any direct knowledge of what is going on with the gecko madness – do leave a comment and let us all know.

Thailand Videos Featured at CNN International

Well, you never know who liked your stuff – not even if they write a whole article about it and not tell you.

I was looking at links coming in to the Thailand Snakes (.com) site, and noticed something that looked like CNN. Following the link I found the source – a page of my Thailand videos they featured. Pretty cool. I was surprised because I heard nothing from them. Guess they work quickly and didn’t want to bother with formality.

Here’s the page:

Thailand’s Creepiest Crawlers

Thailand Scorpion: Do You Check Your Shoes?

Small, poisonous Thailand scorpion.
My sister is in your shoe... be carefulllllll!

This was a gift from God himself… because God knows how much I love bonuses in the form of deadly beasts. What else does god have to do, he’s not paying attention to anything else apparently.

This litter sucker just jumped into my snake tank. No idea how he got there except he must have fallen off something and landed in there. He couldn’t get out so he staked out a corner and quietly got his nap on for a night. I looked in that tank the day before and nothing there – so he’s a recent visitor.

I was just about to drop my new girl in the snake tank when I noticed him there…

What a day… a finger-rotter as “ViperKeeper” calls them (www.youtube.com/viperkeeper) – actually a Malayan Pit Viper – great specimen and good temperament, I should be able to get some great photos over in the red dirt later next week. He calls them finger rotters because if they happen to get you in the finger your fingers are going to melt and they’ll have to remove whatever part the venom spread to.

And, my bonus scorpion. I’ve no idea the scientific name for this scorpion – maybe someone can help?

Scorpion video at my YouTube channel ->

Baby Copperheaded Racer Snake Video

3videos below –

These snakes are really beautiful – great colors and patterns, but besides that they are great when they strike. Even this little 12-15″ baby racer has balls at such a young age.

They curl up their necks in a multiple S pattern before they strike. The adults strike so hard they can come 1.5 meters or more in the air at you. I met up with a 2 meter copperheaded racer the other month and was surprised when he came at me like a cobra would… ready to strike and moving right at me – not getting away as soon as possible.

So anyway, here was this little racer I’d just pulled off the highway because I missed running over his head by 1 inch with my motorbike. I put him on the sidewalk and you can see the rest in the video. Unfortunately it’s my phone’s video, but in a pinch it worked well enough.

Below is a Thai guy handling one they use at a show in Thailand. This one is a bit slow because he’s been in captivity a while. He’s not as strong / fast as he would be in the wild. These are fast snakes and great strikers in the wild.

This one is the one I was telling you about – the 2 meter snake that was crossing the road when I got lucky to see him. He comes after me – and I wasn’t ready for it – losing him from the shot a couple times.
I called it a yellow rat snake because that’s similar to what it looks like in USA. I’ve since learned the correct name.

These snakes are not poisonous – but, do you know what to do in case you or a friend is bitten by a poisonous snake in Thailand? Read this quick faq to find out:

Thailand Snakes FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding Thailand’s poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes.

Thai Culture: The Big Black Bee Observation

Thai culture: The big black bee observation
Standing at flag ceremony this morning at a Thai government high school I noticed something.

People in America – all people, big or small, act a certain way when a LARGE buzzing creature flies in front of them and very close to them. Doesn’t matter if that buzzing thing is low or high – people flip out. It’s a national phenomenon.

Americans have all been stung by bees, wasps, hornets, and other bugs. We have learned through this process that loud, large buzzing things HURT when they sting you. We avoid them in any way possible. We are exaggerated in our attempt to get AWAY from some big thing flying in our face.

This morning at flag we’re standing there. I stand in back of the students and they are all facing forward like me, toward the flag and the football field. I see this HUGE black bee with a yellow spot on it. This thing was as big as a very large grape. I could hear the buzzing though it was 3 meters and more from me as it went buzzing between the students, weaving in and out of them… sometimes at face level, other times at chest or waist level.

What I noticed then was a difference in culture… beliefs. The Thai kids DID NOT MOVE AT ALL. Not ONE of them. This bee must have made it’s self known to 20 or more kids – and not one of them moved or even seemed to NOTICE. Nobody said anything. Nobody screamed. Nobody moved. Nobody reacted in any way.

What is that? Has anyone else seen this? For me – I FLIP OUT. I’m a grown man, but I still don’t want to be stung by something. I’ve already written a post about being stung many times by a large black hornet or wasp type thing while riding the motorbike. This bee was over twice as large as that one that was in my pants. And I would be jumping out of the way and warning everyone – BEE! BEE! That’s what we do in the states…

Why not here?

Here’s a video of the type of bee that was flying around – this is a video of one in my house, though this one is blackish purple without the yellow spot. The one this morning was a bit smaller and had the yellow spot. No less scary.

Would you schiz out or ignore it? If you’re really Thai I think you’d ignore it. I need to ask some people about why they don’t move out of the way at least…

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Thailand’s Geckos, Spiders, Bees, and Dragonflies… oh, and my Underwear

Thailand's wildlife. My jockeys.
Man, there are more things flying in my house than you would believe. Back in the states if you leave your windows and doors open you might get something flying in to see what your house is all about…

A bee. Some horseflies for sure.

Here from 7 am until almost 6pm – if we’re home and I’m writing blogs all day at the dining room table – there are so many things flying in the doors and windows and running around in the house that it’s never dull. I try to get video on my little digital camera of some of the stuff. But yesterday was an insane day. I worked all day but just in the time that I WAS at home we had:

A big spider jump out of my slippers when I went to put them on to go outside to use the toilet.

Spider video >

A tiny gecko running around the stairs.

Gecko video >

A dragonfly that couldn’t find it’s way out…

Dragonfly video >

This is all in one day. In addition, we have had the following in the house…

A large 3 inch leg span mosquito (video too dark – sorry)

The coolest beetle – that you saw a picture of the other day – 2 days ago I put some pics up here. That orange and green beetle flies in here a couple times a month.

The biggest bee I’ve ever seen.

Bee video >

Millipedes, centipedes, jumping spiders, termites living under the floorboards and in the walls, big snails with shells, large black wasp type things – a huge body – over an inch long. More like 1.75 inches long. These things can sting repeatedly. I had the unfortunate luck one time of having one fly up my shorts as I was riding the motorbike in Isaan…

My g/f was on the back. I had big floppy shorts on – with leg-holes too wide to be riding the motorbike. I never had anything fly up so I was ignorant to the danger. We’re going about 105km per hour (almost 70 mph) and I feel a sting on my UPPER upper thigh. It is more like a pinch. But, I realize quickly that nothing should be stinging there – and it COULD be an insect that got stuck up there since my shorts are basically like an insect net flying through the highway at 105 catching anything that happens to be in the path.

I then feel a series of stings – that makes me get smart and KNOW I’ve got something in my pants and close to my “stuff” that COULD get my “stuff” if it got any closer – and, the stings were moving in that direction – towards the center of my crotch.

I’m a bikini man. I have worn the jockey bikini undies for 22 years. I like the snugness. Call me crazy. I’m not wearing them to be sexy – in fact, most girls wonder WHY i’m wearing speedo underwear. Anyway – so – I think my crotch is covered pretty well – but still something could sting me THROUGH the jockeys. Considering some of my underwear are 6 years old and are holy – (my g/f has taken to mending them) see mended jockeys at top of page ^

Holy jockeys and things that sting COULD make for a misadventure that was not what I set out for that morning.

I SLAM ON THE BRAKES – the right one harder than the left. My motorbike has DISC brakes that stop me quickly. TOO quickly. The front end dips hard and my g/f is pushing on me at about 70km per hour and my body is slowing her down to the same rate as the rapid decceleration of the motorbike.

My arms are buckling from the stress of both of our body’s weight!

One arm can’t take it and slips off the grip, or maybe I pulled it off and frantically beat my groin with it in hopes of killing whatever was in my pants… no matter, when we finally stopped and I damn near dropped the bike on the ground without getting the kickstand down properly – I was still flailing my left hand at my groin and uttering strange squeals. My g/f must have thought I completely lost it when I then ran down the embankment pulling off my shorts all in one movement and, seeing this nearly 2 inch long black wasp in my shorts – so close to my “stuff” – I FLIPPED OUT COMPLETELY

I was running around naked through the grass – and cars were flying by with their faces pressed up to the glass.

In Isaan on the country highways there aren’t many foreigners at all. In TOWN I didn’t see but one per day on average. Here on the highway – nobody would be expecting to see a naked foreigner running next to the highway.

There I was though, shaking my shorts and screaming like a nut… for everyone on the highway to see… kids, and grandparents…. everyone.

So – after I had beat myself about the groin crazily to make sure the wasp had flown away from my “stuff” I stood there naked for a second and realized that everyone just saw me naked.

Strange feeling.

So – I put on undies and shorts and checked my groin. 7 stings – none hitting the “mark”, but closer than they should have been.

I got smart that day.

So – when stuff flies in my house here in Thailand – I’m not all that sure – does it bite… ? There’s some weird stuff around here – poisonous frogs, lots of poisonous snakes – cobras that SPIT venom a couple meters… it’s a different world here.

So – in my videos you might see me tentative about picking up a dragonfly… or a gecko… or something else…. I’m really cautious about all kinds of things. I don’t LIKE to get bit. I don’t LIKE to get poison from a frog on my hands. Or venom in my eyes. Or bees in my shorts. I just don’t LIKE it. I am smarter than that. If I look like a wus on the video -OK. I can live with that.

:P

Thailand’s Wildlife: Snakes, geckos, lizards, beetles, spiders, centipedes…

Gecko called Too-geh

Thailand has some really cool wildlife living here.

My first introduction to that was my 1st night in Phuket at Green Garden Bungalows… I heard some CRAZY beast squawking in my window! Now, I had heard geckos in Hawaii before and I was quite used that. No, this was a gutteral squeal sound that made me sit up in bed.

It was a too-geh. The large geckos that have the scary skin that Thais’ are afraid of – they think they’re evil. They also say that if you hear the sound as you are exiting the house it’s good luck. Some people in Isaan eat them. A 14 year old girl I taught conversational English to in Isaan has these on her walls in her bedroom – she picks them up and isn’t afraid of them. Others will tell you they are aggressive and will JUMP ON YOU if they are angry or think you’re invading their space!

Here’s a too-geh I found on the wall at Suan Mokkh Wat in Chaiya – normally they’re not found in daylight much.

The 2nd thing I saw in Phuket was a cobra in the women’s outhouse. A pregnant girl had been using it and went for the water scooper to flush -and saw this 2 meter cobra behind the toilet with a frog in it’s mouth. They killed it. That’s usually what they do when they see snakes here.

Walking to bury our dog at a temple in Surat one morning we are climbing the outdoor stairs… we bury the dog close to the Buddha statue. We had found the dog at a wat in Krabi and he was sick so we thought to bury him at a wat also.

On the way down I stop because I see this snake hanging on some leaves. WOW. Triangle head. Mildly poisonous. A small pit viper – I forget which exactly but I found it online here > I played with it a bit – with the end of the shovel we used to bury the dog. Then I set him off the path into the woods. He was almost sleepy and not aggressive at all. In daytime most snakes are sleepy, they’re active at night.

Also at Suan Mokkh I found this large spider with 7 legs. I dont’ know anything about this spider. Is this a banana spider?

I found this rainbow skin snake while snake hunting out in the countryside near Ban Na San…

The colorful beetle flew in the house a couple times- keeps coming back.

The large black beetle was found by a student of mine in Ubon Ratchathani – and he brought it to school.

The toad is a poisonous cane toad – a variety is also found in Australia and Hawaii has them too. They have poison glands behind their eyes that secrete a milky substance. You can die if you eat this. Recently some folks died because they ate the eggs.

So I find Thailand exciting for this reason… do you know how exciting it is to go look for poisonous snakes, centipedes, frogs and stuff? It’s a kick! What kind of wildlife have you seen since coming to Thailand?

Thailand Snakes FAQ >