I want to share some of my thoughts about a topic about which I now consider myself somewhat of an expert: Thai roadkill. Why are there no small mammals included in the population of animals that have been flattened by traffic along the roads of Thailand? Where are all the squashed mice, rats, squirrels, and rabbits? Could it be that all the mammalian roadkill is consumed by the large number of semi-feral dogs that populate the Thai countryside?
Maybe the solution to this mystery lies in what you do see in the roadkill. Snakes. Millions of them. I would conservatively estimate that I saw at least one thoroughly flattened snake per kilometer of road. I did see one live one that I managed to dodge on a particularly fast stretch of highway. I’m pretty sure he’s about an eighth of an inch thick now.
So maybe the snakes eat the small mammals before they ever have a chance to be run over by traffic. Or maybe the mammals here, having to deal with all the snakes, are particularly intelligent , and have learned how to avoid being run over. This is the sort of shit I think about along the more lonely stretches of highway.