Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative
Herpetofauna of Timor-Leste
Phase V

Com to Tutuala, Lautém District

To reach Tutuala we again crossed the limestone plateau to Bauro then turned east along the northern shore of Lake Ira Lalaro, passing through the village of Mehara before we reached Tutuala. This was about an hour's drive from Bauro.

Spirit houses on the Bauro to Tutuala road. The Jets resting near Mehara.


A panorama of the Paitxau Mountains and Lake IraLalaro from near Mehara.
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Map of Tutuala and Jaco Island.

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In Tutuala we also made contact with the village leadership to enable us to conduct our survey on Jaco Island, the uninhabited island off Timor-Leste's eastern tip. This was planned for a few days time.

At the end of our recon visit we relaxed for a while in the grounds of the old Portuguese pousada at Tutuala before beginning the bone-breaking drive back to the Com Beach Resort.

Views around the Tutuala Pousada
David, Luis, Zito and Laca fooling around at the Tutuala Pousada. Laca on top of the world.


A panorama of the rugged coastline from Tutuala Pousada.

Herping produced two Emerald tree skinks (Lamprolepis cf. smaragdina) from Tutuala Pousada.

Emerald tree skink, Lamprolepis cf. smaragdina