01 August 2014 1 of 4

TIMOR-LESTE (Lautem Distr.)



We were heading for Com today. Our original plan had been to camp in the Paixtau Mountains, behind Malahara south of Lake Ira Lalaro, but this idea was scuppered by reports of downed trees blocking the road beyond Malahara and heavy rainfall in the mountains. There was also the issue of my replacement troopie to consider if we intended to drive over the mountains to the south coast in day or so. We decided to leave my troppie at the hotel in Lospalos and all pile into Hinrich's vehicle for a croc-spotting trip to Malahara before we drove to Com.

We passed a number of billabongs, which we thought provided excellent habitat for the endemic Timor snake-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi timorensis) and also potential nurseries for Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus).

Great turtle habitat around the edges of Lake Ila Lalaro


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