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FATUCAHI to SAME,
MANUFAHI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE IV: ON THE ROAD AGAIN

I took one vehicle back to Nancuro with half of the team to get some photographs whilst Hinrich and the rest of the group completed the lab work and packed to leave.

We were back at the convent shortly after 10:00 and packed the vehicles ready to leave. Although ready to depart at around 11:00 we waited until Father Cornelius returned from teaching so that we would say our farewells (for now anyway, Nancuro is likely to be on our list of future research sites, especially as we had been asked to compile an inventory of the new reserve). Father Cornelius also agreed with our suggestion that we should take the python and release it in suitable habitat away from human habitations.

Joanna Flores with the
Reticulated python
The team with the students from the convent Father Cornelius with the author
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The drive to Same, a town we had visited during Phase I in 2009, was a relatively short journey of 59 kms, west along the coastal road, then north back up in the lower mountains. With several stops, for a group photo on the beach (see first page of blog) and to examine a captive Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) in an oil drum enroute, it took up just under three hours.

A classic crocodile location at Betano - there are many crocodiles in the river mouths of Timor.

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