Wildlife Night Walk – Hok Tau
Pat Sin Leng Country Park, New Territories
Part of Pat Sin Leng Country Park, a guided Night Walk along Hok Tau and Lau Shui Heung can be rewarded with various amphibians and reptiles. The site is a stone throw away from Fanling MTR, making it a very accessible area.
The habitat is mainly secondary forest, a main road links the two sites, both ends will lead you to a reservoir. Near the mountain stream we may find numerous Hong Kong Newts and native fish. The area of the Water Reservoir may yield Chinese Bull Frogs, Paddy Frogs and Gunther’s Frogs. Looking closer we may even find the tiny Ornate Pygmy Frogs, adults grow no bigger than 3 centimeters!
There may also be snakes here, including the beautiful Greater Green Snakes, which is often mistaken for the venomous Bamboo Pit-Vipers, they are however fairly docile and non-venomous. Other snake species may include Banded Kraits, Checkered Keelback and Burmese Pythons.
On a lit up wall of a building we’ll find plenty of geckos sitting on the walls, waiting for insects attracted by the light. The most common species here are Chinese and Bowring’s Geckos, the less common Garnot’s Gecko is also quite regular here, while the large and colourful Tokay Gecko is somewhat of a specialty here, we may hear their “To-kay” calls.