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TIMOR-LESTE (Dili Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
THE GOAT WHO CRIED "SNAKE!"

In the morning, as we prepared for fieldwork, Barry's wife Lena came to tell us there was a snake in the water-butt structure behind the chalets. Caitlin, Katie and I went to investigate and I found it was just a shed skin, and not even a complete one, just a portion poking out of the rockwork Smooth scales, arranged transversely in 15 rows, this was the slough of a Common wolfsnake (Lycodon capucincus), the most frequently encountered snake on the island.

There are two dry river beds just south of Barry's Place, the Ankarana and Antipasa Rivers. We have previously herped both rivers for some distance inland and found some interesting specimens. On this visit we made a morning excursion to the northernmost of the two, the Antipasa River, and searched under large rocks for herps. We found Common house geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) and Night skinks (Eremiascincus sp.). It was very hot and tiring work, rolling large boulders in the caldron of a dry river bed.

The Antipasa River in the dry season Antipasa River rocky habitst
The team searching for lizards
Night skink
Eremiacincus
sp.
Common house gecko
Hemidactylus frenatus


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