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LAUTÉM DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 

 

TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: LAUTÉM RECON
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We planned recces in various locations for Phase V fieldwork but these were spread over a considerable distance and the roads in Lautém District are in serious need of repair - there are stretches of disarmingly good road, with sudden axle-breaking potholes, on both sides of the road so you cannot avoid them even with some deft steering. Dili car hire companies warn against "driving in the districts"!

From the Com Beach Resort we would drive over the limestome plateau to Bauro and recce location one, taking the road west to Raça (Laca's village) and some caves 3.5 kms from the village.

A map of Lautém District showing Phase V locations
click on map to enlarge

View towards the Paixtau Mountains
and Lake Ira Lalaro, from the limestone plateau between Com and Bauro.
The limestone escarpment above Raça which contains the cave system we hoped to
survey for reptiles.
Raça village. Komodo dragon motifs on a house wall.