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The Garden Fence Lizard

April 11, 2010

In March-April our reptiles become colourful and vocal, because this is their mating season. At present, we have a baby boom at Dokmai Garden. In addition to the many nesting birds, the Garden Fence Lizard (Calotes versicolor, Agamidae) is now mating. The mating males have red heads and T-shirts, and a black blotch under the swollen cheeks. The males display their strong muscles by performing a funny series of push-ups. They are quite common at Dokmai Garden, feeding on pests such as grass hoppers, why we give them safety from cats in return. They like trees as well as rocks, why we keep heaps of silaleng stones for their protection. If they eat scorpions or not remains to find out. The local Thais like to eat any member of the Agamidae family, generally referring to all such species as “kinka”. However, at Dokmai Garden such reptiles are protected from the frying pan.

Eric Danell

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  1. April 11, 2010 7:55 PM

    There are two main types of bamboo growth: runners and clump formers. Runners are usually temperate, and they can quickly cover a vast area. Such bamboos are tricky to control, but easy to propagate. lTo transplant these, simply dig up a piece of root.

    Clump formers are more common in the tropics. They form a dense clump of roots from which the culms arise. The clump grows slowly in a radial way. Such bamboos are easy to control, but sometimes tricky to transplant. You can try to dig deep, and cut out a piece. This is easiest if the clump is young. An old clump is woody like a stump. Another way is to cut down a young green culm, and then plant it in the ground in a longitudinal way. Water regularly, and with luck new shoots will come up from the nodes.

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