SABAH & BRUNEI (BORNEO) 2009

Victor Valley College Tropical Acclimatization

 

Temburong District, Brunei, Borneo
Ulu Temburong National Park


Map of Temburong, Brunei
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Upstream of Ulu Ulu.

The river and rainforest around Ulu Ulu in Ulu Temburong National Park, is pristine, providing numerous opportunities for herping and photography,

Stream habitats around Ulu Ulu.

Exploration of the creeks and river banks produced a variety of amphibians and reptiles, as well as some scorpions. Trips were made to a waterfall and also up shallow creeks beds at night.

Amphibians documented included a Slender toad (Ansonia sp.), Kuhl's creek frog (Limnonectes kuhlii), Mjoberg's dwarf litter frog (Leptobrachium cf. mjobergi), Black-spotted rock frog (Staurois guttatus), and Yellow-bellied puddle frog (Occidozyga laevis) as well as at least two species of large ranid frogs that escaped before they could be identified or photographed.

FROGS from ULU TEMBURONG
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Slender toad, Ansonis leptopus
Kuhl's creek frog, Limnonectes kuhlii
Mjoberg's dwarf litter frog, Leptobrachium cf. mjobergi
Black-spotted rock frog, Staurois guttatus
Yellow-bellied puddle frog, Occidozyga laevis

Reptiles recorded were a Grooved bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp. pubisculus), Beccari's water skink (Tropidophorus beccari), Brooke's water skink (T.brookei), Yellow-spotted watersnake (Hydrablabes periops) and Variable reed snake (Calamaria lumbricoidea).

REPTILES from ULU TEMBURONG
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Grooved bent-toed gecko, Cyrtodactylus sp. pubisculus
Beccaris water skink, Tropidophorus beccari
Brookes' water skink, Tropidophorus brookei
Yellow-spotted watersnake, Hydrablabes periops
Yellow-spotted watersnake, Hydrablabes periops
Variable reed snake, Calamaria lumbricoidea
Variable reed snake, Calamaria lumbricoidea

Unidentified scorpionid scorpion.

Two scorpion species were observed but one evaded capture. The other appeared to be a scorpionid.

 

 

 

 

 

At the top of the Ulu Ulu rainforest tower.

 

There is an aerial walkway near Ulu Ulu where rainforest canopy birds and primates like gibbons can be observed, but it requires an early morning start and considerable climb up 270m of steps and 70m of vertical ladders steps to reach the viewing platforms and walkway which extends 150m across the canopy.

 

 

 

 

 

Then down for breakfast, and back to Bandar Seri Begawan, to fly to Singapore enroute Timor-Leste to begin Phase I of the herpetological survey in two days time.