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

Com wharfe, Lautém District

Map of Com Beach Resort, Com wharfe and Com pousada.

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Com wharfe

We decided to check out a couple of locations near Com that had been found by the Jets one evening, a wharf 2 km east of the Com Beach Resort, and an old Portuguese pousada on the hill above.

The Troopies on the wharf.
David looks on as Laca and Zito chase skinks.


This is what you are looking for !
Snake-eyed skink
Cryptoblepharus sp.
on the wharf wall

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Easier and closer!
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And even easier, he has moved now.
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The wharf produced an unknown species of Snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus sp.), coloured a stripeless brown and in this colouration unlike other Timorese species which are grey with light stripes.

Snake-eyed skink, Cryptoblepharus sp.

The old pousada also looked promising. The Jets had caught a Bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp.) and a Four-fingered skink (Carlia sp.).

Frontage of the old Portuguese pousada at Com. The home-buyer's nightmare is the herper's dream.


Further visits yeilded additional Bent-toed geckos, a Brahminy blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) and two Common island wolfsnakes (Lycodon capucinus) - our 'snake-duck' for the trip was finally broken with three snakes in one location !


Four-fingered skink, Carlia sp.
Bent-toed geckos, Cyrtodactylus sp.

Brahminy blindsnake, Ramphotyphlops braminus
Common island wolfsnake, Lycodon capucinus