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ATAÚRO IS., DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: MONITOR WATCH

First job of the day was for the boys to build a more monitor-proof monitor lizard trap using the only extra-thick wire mesh we had available and strengthening the funnel, the door and the zip-tied joints. While they were doing this Caitlin and the girls set to working up some of the specimens in the field lab.

The boys working on the new trap The girls prepping specimens

We decided that since the local monitor lizards had so far shown a complete disrespect for our time-consuming handiwork, we would initiate a "Monitor Watch" - station people out in the swamp to watch the trap and report on any monitor lizard interest, and most especially alert the rest of the team at base if a monitor entered to trap, so that we could secure it before it broke out again. Shifts would last two hours. We set the reinforced trap and built a hide area from where the trap could be observed.

The first shift consisted of David and Laca with Zach along to film the adventure. Both Laca and Zach decided to remain in the swamp for the duration of the exercise.

The new reinforced trap from the hide Zach in the camera hide from the water's edge
See you in two hours, guys.

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