Why: Cat Tien National Park is a biodiversity hotspot. Its lowland tropical forests, wetlands, and grasslands make it a prime location for reptile and amphibian enthusiasts. The park is home to numerous endemic and rare species, offering a unique opportunity to observe these creatures in their natural habitats.
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When: The ideal time for this tour is during the wet season, typically from May to November. During this period, amphibians are particularly active, and the lush greenery enhances the overall wildlife-watching experience.
What: Over the 4-day span, participants will:
Explore various habitats within the park, from dense forests to riverbanks.
Engage in night treks, when many reptiles and amphibians are most active.
Attend with herpetologists to learn about the species in the park.
Visit specific zones known for high herpetofauna activity, such as the Crocodile Lake.
How: The tour itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Cat Tien National Park. Evening introduction and briefing session.
Day 2: Full-day exploration of the park’s primary habitats. Night trek to spot nocturnal species.
Day 3: Visit to specific areas like the Crocodile Lake, known for its reptile population.
Day 4: Morning recap and final exploration. Departure in the afternoon.
Highlight Reptile & Amphibian Species in Cat Tien National Park
Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis): A critically endangered freshwater crocodile.
Indochinese Rat Snake (Ptyas korros): A common snake species found in various habitats.
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator): One of the largest lizards in Asia.
Javan Tree Frog (Rhacophorus javanus): A colorful tree frog found in the park’s forests.
Annam Flying Frog (Rhacophorus annamensis): Known for its ability to glide or “fly” between trees.
Many-striped Caecilian (Ichthyophis multicolor): A limbless amphibian resembling a worm or snake.