TIMOR-LESTE 2012

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

Baguia, Baucau District

 

Map of Baguia and Ossohuna with road marked in yellow
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We considered the Escola do Reino Haudere was a potentially excellent place for herps possibly even Boulenger's pipesnake. We searched this location by day and night.

Escola do Reino de Haudere Inside it looked perfect for herping
More views of the interior of the Escola do Reino de Haudere
Escola do Reino de Haudere at night

But surprisingly we found very little in the way of reptiles or amphibians. We encountered several Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko gecko) in wall holes or under the dense vegetation which had taken over the roofless building and we caught a Striped treefrog (Polypedates cf. leucomystax) in a tree growing inside one of the rooms, but otherwise we came away empty handed.

Tokay gecko
Gekko gecko gecko
Adult Tokay gecko
Gekko gecko gecko
Juvenile Tokay gecko
Gekko gecko gecko
Striped treefrog
Polypedates cf. leucomystax

On the nearby school buildings we saw more tokays and missed capturing an interesting house gecko (Hemidactylus sp.) but Paulo caught a Stub-toed gecko (Gehyra sp.) and on the hotel walls we also found Common house geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus). The Indo-Pacific house gecko (H. garnotii) is reported from Baguia but we did not find it.

Tokay gecko
Gekko gecko gecko
House gecko
Hemidactylus sp.
Common house gecko
Hemidactylus frenatus
Stub-toed gecko
Gehyra sp.