National Geographic : 2001 Oct
The night is a time for carnivoresof many tastes. As odd as its name, the moonrat (left) is not really a ratbut partof the hedgehogfamily. Although some are black with white markings, those found on Borneo are predominantly white. Their conspicuous coloringand bad odor advertise a repulsive taste to predators,so they are often left alone to huntfor earthworms, insects, and snails amid the leaf litter.The cat snake (above), one of hundreds of kinds of snakes active mostly at night, moves through low vegetation to huntfrogs and lizards.Asian wild dogs, or dholes (below), prey on largegame such as this sambar deer they killed at the edge of a river in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand.Once widespreadacross Asia, large numbers of these pack-huntingcanids have been exterminated by locals, who perceive them as a threat to livestock. They are now reduced to remnantpopulationseven in protectedareas.