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DILI to COM, LAUTÉM DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: DILI TO COM, OR BUST
(part 2)

The habitat along the north coast is often very arid, with river valleys reduced to stoney swathes during the dry season, but irrigation of the lowlands also results in extensive lush green rice paddies. These paddies are where we would expect to find snakes, ranging from the Dog-daced watersnake (Cerberus rynchops) and Macklot's water python (Liasis mackloti) to the Island pitviper (Cryptelytrops insularis), but we were not lingering long enough to find them this time.

A dry river valley winds inland from the coast. Rice paddies, home to snakes.

That is not to say we did not stop, the north coast road offers numerous photographic opportunities.

Planting rice What better way to turn the soil than a herd of water buffalo?