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Tanjung Piai National Park, Tanjung Piai, 82300 Kukup, Johor, Malaysia – part 4 of 4

By on May 9, 2015 in Malaysia

The great thing about Tanjung Piai National Park is if you take your time to look, and you are patient, there is a lot to see.

Below is a Berongan (Telescopium telescopium), which is so called because it look like a telescope (can’t see that myself!). The Berongan is edible. I liked this particular Berongan as the scale was clean, and it was ideally positioned in the sun so that the wonderful structure and colours of the shell could be seen (usually they are covered in mud and algae).

Berongan (Telescopium telescopium)

Berongan (Telescopium telescopium)

Berongan (Telescopium telescopium)

Berongan (Telescopium telescopium)

The part also has Tree Climbing Crabs (Episesama spp), one of which is pictured on the log below. The photo also shows one of the major problems in the mangrove swamps – plastic washed in from the sea.

Small crab and pollution at Tanjung Piai National Park

Small crab and pollution at Tanjung Piai National Park

In the shallow waters, and also moving across the mud, or sitting in shallow circular pools, you will also see Mudskippers (Periophthalmodon spp).

Mudskipper at Tanjung Piai National Park

Mudskipper at Tanjung Piai National Park

The mangrove swamp is also home to the Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata). These are typically found in sunning themselves, and they will rapidly dive for cover is disturbed.

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Mangrove Skink (Emola atrocostata)

Another lizard found in the mangrove swamp is the Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator).

Monitor Lizard - Tanjung Piai National Park

Monitor Lizard – Tanjung Piai National Park

FourSquare: Tanjung Piai National Park

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