TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
DID IT HAVE FOUR FINGERS ?
In the afternoon we all set out in the two Troopies to drive to a highland village called Cutete Aldeia, a location for four-fingered skinks (Carlia sp.). This involved a winding drive up a hillside which required four-wheel drive. This was a problem for my Troopie which had only "three-wheel drive", as one of the free-wheeling hubs would neither engage or disengage.
It was also a cloudy day with no sun-spots for the sun-loving lizards to bask or hunt so only one Carlia was sighted, by Katie in some dense vegetation, a reddish (male?) skink about 2-3 inches long that ran on top of the ground vegetation and disappeared.
"Did it have four fingers?" I enquired of Katie.
"I didn't have my binoculars" quipped Hinrich from the side, a reference to Snatch, a cult Guy Richie film popular amongst project members over the various phases.
Two forest skinks (Sphenomorphus sp.) were also sighted but evaded capture. They appeared to be of a more slender build than specimens we were familiar with and may represent an unknown species.
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