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Jungle Breakfast

September 18, 2015

Jungle Breakfast

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Gleb Raygorodetsky Gleb Raygorodetsky

Just ahead of us, a stealthy bat zips across a narrow trail winding through the thick foliage of a ten-year-old fallow – a field left to return to the forest after a year of cultivation. A moment later, we come eye-to-eye with a large green snake (likely a red-tailed racer) wrapping its sleek and muscular emerald coils around the expiring bat. Before backing away to leave the contented snake with its late breakfast, I snap a few shots of this jungle feast.

I am following Dr. Prasert Trakansuphakon on a visit to a Karen village Huay Hin Lad Nai in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, while collecting material for my upcoming book Archipelago of Hope: Learning about Climate Change from Indigenous Peoples. We are here to learn about the challenges and opportunities faced by local practitioners of shifting cultivation – rotational agriculture (RA). Our snake and bat encounter is a good example of the role fallows play in maintaining local biodiversity.

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Ken Conley
September 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

What an amazing photo and moment! At first glance, I couldn’t guess what this snake was eating. After reading the passage, I can now make out the little claw at the tip of the bat’s wing. Only watching this snake make the grab would top this photo!
Thanks, Gleb, and looking forward to the book!