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TIMOR-LESTE (Lautem Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PICK UP AND PREP

Around 10:00 Hinrich got a call to say the wayward Germans were ready to come back in from Raça so we went up to pick them up. They had had a very successful day but a less successful night, rather like us down at Com. We put that down to the cloudless sky with strong moonlight and starlight, crocodiles, snakes and geckos are no fans of a well illuminated night and often little is abroad on such evenings.

Regardless, the day search had produced results and there was a back-log of specimens requiring examination, confirmation of identification, photography and selection as vouchers. Much of the day was therefore taken up with the necessary non-field tasks of fieldwork.

In the evening I took the students back to the cliff-face one km west of Com where we had searched the night before. We caught some Flat-tailed geckos (Hemidactylus platyurus), the same Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) as had been present the night before and two Island wolfsnakes (Lycodon capucinus), the commonest snake in Timor-Leste, but only one juvenile Bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp.), the reason for the visit.

Flat-tailed gecko,
Hemidactylus platyurus
Island wolfsnake,
Lycodon capucinus
Bent-toed gecko,
Cyrtodactylus
sp.
juvenile


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