28 July 2014 4 of 4

TIMOR-LESTE (Dili to Lautem Distr.)



Around midnight the herp team came back into camp in dribs and drabs, tired but successful. They had captured Common house geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus), Mutilated geckos (Gehyra mutilata) with curious compressed tails, a pugnacious Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) and a Bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp.). They also found a Timor river frog (Limnonectes timorensis), a species we only knew from two other localities, and an Island wolfsnake (Lycodon capucinus).

Mutilated gecko,
Gehyra mutilata
Bent-toed gecko,
Tokay gecko,
Gekko gecko
Timor river frog,
Limnonectes timorensis
Island wolfsnake,
Lycodon capucinus
Yellow-phase Island pitviper,
Trimeresurus insularis

Best of all they had captured four yellow Island pitvipers (Trimeresurus insularis), the same yellow as specimens from Wetar and a colour phase found most commonly in Timor in the east of the island, contrasting the two green specimens we had seen earlier as road-kills. They also missed two other pitvipers, one of which was in a tree 4.0 m from the ground (we find these snakes most commonly on the ground hunting frogs). So with the roadkills today turned out to be an eleven-snake day, no at all bad.

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