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TIMOR-LESTE (Lautem Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
JACO ISLAND

The primary habitat on Jaco Island comprises dense scrubby forest growing on limestone karst with numerous flat slabs of rock under which the island's denizens were living.

Jaco Island habitat, limestone karst and dense woodland

We searched over a wide area on the island's western end and found a fair few herps. Forest skinks of the genus Sphenomorphus were most in evidence but very fast, adults on trees, juveniles on or under limestone slabs with Four-fingered skinks (Carlia sp.) and Night skinks (Eremiascincus sp.) far less common on and under slabs, respectively.

Adult Forest skink,
Sphenomorphus
sp.
Juvenile Forest skink,
Sphenomorphus sp.
Night skink,
Eremiascincus
sp.
Four-fingered skink,
Carlia
sp.


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