Herp Haven: A day at the Mak­il­ing Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

A day at the Mak­il­ing Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Wally Suarez

The 1090-me­ter tall Mt. Mak­il­ing in the prov­ince of La­guna is where one finds the near­est dipte­ro­carp for­est from the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion and is home to a wide range of plants and an­i­mals oc­cu­py­ing the moun­tain’s many avail­able niches. As such, it is of­ten vis­ited by botanists, or­nithol­o­gists, en­to­mol­o­gists, and many other sci­en­tists from very dif­fer­ent fields.

But it ap­pears to be sel­dom vis­ited by her­pers.

On my pre­vi­ous vis­its, I have no­ticed quite an abun­dance of skinks and frogs, and thought that a more than ca­sual visit might yield more herps. That op­por­tu­nity came last year when a cou­ple of friends from Chicago took a va­ca­tion in the Philip­pines. Af­ter our jaunts in Cen­tral Lu­zon, we de­cided that we could visit Mt. Mak­il­ing for a day of ob­serv­ing some of its wildlife. And true enough, the moun­tain did not dis­ap­point.

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