PAPUA NEW GUINEA 2010

 

Hiritano Highway: Vanapa River to Veimauri River and Galley Reach


Map of Hiritano Highway from Vanapa River to Kanosia Mission.
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[see also visits to Hiritano Hwy road trips in 2006 & 2008]

We only made one major excursion any distance beyond Vanapa River this trip. We visited Kuriva River to seek death adders a couple of times but the one full day trip was to Kanosia Mission and Malatee village on the northern extent of Galley Reach.

 

KURIVA RIVER
(view back towards POM)
View upstream.
Kuriva River bridge.
View downstream.

This is an important snakebite area and many of the snakbite victims at Port Moresby General Hospital, and death adders in the Serpentarium, come from this area.

Kuriva River death adder, Acanthophis laevis in AVRU Serpentarium.

 

VEIMAURI RIVER
(view back towards POM)
View upstream.
Veimauri River bridge.
View downstream.

We currently hold death adders from Vanapa, Kuriva and Martin River in the Serpentarium.

Martin River dwelling.
Martin River death adder, Acanthophis laevis in AVRU Serpentarium.

 

Open country between Veimauri and Doa.

The rubber plantation at Doa has not produced much in the way of snakes in the past so we did not search there on the 2010 trip.

Doa Rubber Planation
Alien rubber plantation produces few herps other than skinks.
Tapped rubber tree.

Reaching Malatee was a challenge due to heavy rain and thick mud which made the only road in and out difficult to drive even in low4. Once in the collection of houses, homes to 18 families, there was a great deal of promising habitat but despite fairly intensive searches we only found Pelagic geckos (Nactus cf. pelagicus) and Slender forest skinks (Sphenomorphus cf. fragilis). We also found a very photogenic Lichen huntsman spider (Pandercetes sp.) on a tree limb, but no snakes today.

The overgrown habitat around Malatee holds promise of snakes.

 

The creek at Malatee flows into Galley Reach.

 

 

Evenso, we considered Malatee a very likely location for further visits in the future.

Malatee
Main road to Malatee.
After a hard day's herping and off-roading.
Slender forest skink, Sphenomorphus cf. fragilis
Lichen huntsman spider, Pandercetes sp. [Sparassidae]

[see also visits to Hiritano Hwy road trips in 2006 & 2008]