Why do they catch snakes in Cambodia?
“Water snakes play a crucial role in Tonle Sap,” says Simon Mahood, an ecologist with the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society office in Cambodia. They provide “food for threatened birds, such as adjutant storks, which the flooded forest is extremely important for, and as predators of frogs and small fish.”
Is Tonle Sap dirty?
But the silt deposited by the flow of the Mekong River, which nourishes the Tonle Sap’s abundance of fish that form a key source of food for millions of Cambodians, makes its brown, muddy waters unsuitable for daily use by households. … Resident Keng Chin said the Tonle Sap water is too dirty even to wash clothes with.
Are there crocodiles in Tonle Sap?
Both Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) and saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) once occurred side-by-side in the lake, and there is thought to be inter-species breeding amongst the crocodiles found in the floating farms on the western part of the Lake in and around Prek Toal.
How much does tonlé SAP Lak expand during the wet season?
Each year in the wet season, water flowing back up the Tonle Sap River from the Mekong River, and inflow from the catchment of the lake, causes it to expand up to five times its dry season area and volume.