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COMORO RIVER, DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: GETTING OUR FEET WET

(part 1)

Whenever we begin a phase of the project we initiate students and get their feet wet, both physically and metaphorically,, with a short field trip up the Comoro River to the south of Dili town.

In the past we have explored and collected specimens on the western bank of the river so this time we drove the dusty road along the eastern bank and split into two teams to spend around 90 minutes searching for herps. There were no Jets (our Timorese colleagues) available to join us so our two teams were small.

Hinrich took one team with David Taylor, who had been on Phase IV, and our new medic Dr Naveen Jalota, while I took the two girls with me, Caitlin Sanchez, who had been on all four previous phases and become a seasoned fieldworking herpetologist, and new team memberMarissa Cox.

The river was reduced to a few fast channels and wide stretches of sand, river pebbles, boulders and coarse, rather aggressive, vegetation. Several snakes have been reported from the Comoro River but we have yet to find one here, usually we find amphibians and lizards.

A view up the Comoro River in the dry season
The river water is canalised in the dry season
Caitlin and Marissa searching for frogs and tadpoles on the Comoro River
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