05 August 2014 3 of 3


TIMOR-LESTE (Lautem Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
FOUR HEMIS

Once again our searching paid off, around the bamboo we found a Four-fingered skink (Carlia sp.), an Island wolfsnake (Lycodon capucinus), a Timor river frog (Hylarana timorensis) and a very unusual snail which waved its tail vigorously when touched and appeared to possess a shell covered by skin. But best of all, under a rock besides the bamboo, Laca and Mirco caught a Timor pipesnake (Cylindrophis cf. boulengeri), a major find since it is known from fewer than 12 specimens since the 1930s.

Four-fingered skink,
Carlia sp.
Timor river frog,
Hylarana timorensis
Island wolfsnake,
Lycodon capucinus
The unsual tail-waving snail
The arrow marks the rock
where the pipesnake was found
Timor pipesnake,
Cylindrophis cf. boulengeri
Show and Tell with a snake

Back at Soibada Mark did a show and tell with a Lesser Sunda racer (Coelognathus subradiatus) for the local school kids. Snakes are always good for this sort of thing.

 


Click on any image to enlarge it