In June 2008 I spent 14 days caving in the Battambang province of Cambodia. All the caves were dry. It was interesting to see some cave fauna, most of which is very similar to that in Malaysia.
We found a few bat caves, most of which we didn't enter, because the stench of guano was overpowering. One cave in particular smelt of pure ammonia.
The whip spiders seemed larger than those found in Malaysia.
An expedition report has been published in BCRA Speleology, 2009, No 13. Extensive information on the caves of Cambodia can be found in the book Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia.
See also Cambodian cave bats
different species of cricket
cricket, same specimen as previous
these snails are probably accidental visitors as the cave has several open entrances. They are possibly ariophantids, probably related to Macrochlamys (info from Dr M.Schilthuizen)
a different smail
same specimen as previous photo
spider - juvenile Heteropoda sp. identified by P.Jaeger at Senckenberg
These Amblypygids, or whip spiders, seem larger than their Malaysian cousins
whip spider in a different cave
a different cave again
yet another cave
same specimen as previous
This snake is an accidental visitor to the cave. It was identified by Klaus Schulz as Oligodon taeniatus (Striped Kukri Snake).
baby squirrel found outside a cave
this dog came caving with us
and had a rest when we were too slow surveying
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