23 JANUARY 2011 2 of 2


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

 


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

Back at Nancuro we recorded all the species from the previous day, except the ground snake, and we managed to bag the Snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus leschenault) and brown-phase Emerald tree skink (Lamprolepis cf. smaragdina) which had evaded capture the day before. Add to that a chunky Sun skink (Eutropis cf. multifasciata), captured by Laca in an abandoned hut, a Timor flying lizard (Draco timoriensis), and a Timor bronzeback (Dendrelaphis inornatus timoriensis), which uncoiled and fled from myself and Hinrich so quickly that we were unable to capture it. Despite all thirteen expedition members surrounding the small area where it disappeared, we did not see it again - he must have pressed his hyper-drive button.

MORE HERPS from NANCURO
Emerald tree skink
Lamprolepis cf. smaragdina
(brown-phase specimen)
Sun skink
Eutropis cf. multifasciata
Timor flying lizard
Draco timoriensis
Timor bronzeback
Dendrelaphis inornatus timorensis
(specimen from Loré)

Timor bronzeback evaded capture
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Sea turtle carapace, poss.
Loggerhead sea turtle
Caretta caretta

In the coastal vegetation Caitlin found the remains of a sea turtle, just the carapace (upper) part of the skeleton which we were able reconstuct on the beach, using sand to support the plates and ribs. The turtle looks like a Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) but this has yet to be confirmed. Sadly the fact that no limbs, head or plastron were found, in addition to the presence of harpoon holes, we came to the conclusion that this was the result of human predation of an internationally protected species.

Back at the convent some of the theology students took us the remains of a "poisonous snake" they had killed the week previously, but a close examination of the remains demonstrated the presence of a loreal scale and the absence of any fangs, confirming that the snake was a actually a harmless colubrid, belonging to another unrecorded species. By now we had a lot of specimens for photography and prepping, so the entire team was kept busy.