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ATAÚRO IS., DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: ANOTHER CREEK, ANOTHER SKINK

The Night skinks (Eremiascincus sp.) were the main reason Sven had joined the team for Phase VI, and we needed to find more specimens but since we had already been soaked up one creek searching for these lizards we decided to choose one with road access so we had the vehicles closer if we had to retreat again. To get a good range of scale count data we needed to find at least four adult specimens and this we managed to accomplish searching under the rocks on the banks of the dry creek bed. We also found more Bark scorpions (Lychas mucronatus) and some large scolopendrid centipedes, so care needed to be taken where hands were being placed.

As expected the rain returned and although it was not as heavy as the previous day it was useful to know we did not have a 20 minute swim back to the Troopies this time.

Rocks along the creek bank The team chasing night skinks
Caitlin and Aaren searching under rocks David, Hinrich and Laca pursue a skink

Mission accomplished we returned to Barry's Place to complete our specimen prepping, data collection and photography.

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