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LAKE LENAS & NANCURO,
MANUFAHI & MANATUTO DISTRICTS, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE IV: LAKE LENAS & BACK TO NANCURO

We had hoped to find a local lake where we could go herping for frogs, geckos and snakes at night so we investigated nearby Lake Lenas, only a short drive from the convent, but whilst asking directions we learned the lake was also home to a large population of Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) which had a reputation for attacks on humans. When we reached the lake we realised that the vegetation was too dense for easy access, with trees growing out of the water itself, and numerous excellent ambush scenarios for hungry crocodiles - not the place to take students after dark, seeking frogs and possibly a watersnake, armed with nothing more than collecting bags, snake sticks and head-lanterns.

Lake Lenas, too overgrown and inaccessible, and full of crocodiles, to herp for frogs at night
Rice paddy frog
Fejervarya sp.
Four-fingered skink
Carlia sp.
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We returned to the Nancuro site, so productive the day before, and were not disappointed.

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