Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

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Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:15 am

Tioman is a very pristine island, not easy to explore without a 4x4 vehicle or a small boat: there is only a very steep road which connects Tekek (the main town, with airport and a wonderful resort) and Juara.

I don't like monitor lizards so much, but on this island you MUST meet them, and so I've taken many pictures of them.
You can see many monitor lizards, in Tekek, near the building where the workers of the big luxurious resort live.

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Tekek

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Bats in Tekek

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Ahaetulla in Tekek

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Dendrelaphis in Tekek

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Same snake

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Again


The famous Tekek-Juara trail begins in Tekek
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Tekek-Juara trail


Very difficult to spot monitor lizard along the Tekek-Juara trail
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Do you see it?

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Same animal

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Detail


The building where the workers of the big resort in Tekek live
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And finally: the big lizards!
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As big as a person!

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Same huge animal

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Sorry... I do not remember where exactly (probably a beach on a small island near Tioman?)
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Along the Tekek-Juara road
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Juara beach: still lizards and... many baby retics!
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Bats in Juara

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"Do you want to take a picture?"

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"Fuck!"


Strange creatures
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Re: Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:28 am

Many monitor lizards were to find in a garbage dump in Juara

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Inside the forest: a mixed "monitor lizard/retic/king cobra" habitat!
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The baby retics habitat
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Two babies
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Three babies together!
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Same snake closer

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Re: Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:33 am

A Boiga dendrophila around 250 cm of total lenght, met in the same area for two following years

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Same snake


Same snake released
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Re: Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:40 pm

Two interesting videos from Tioman found on youtube:

A big Zaocys carinatus (not a king cobra!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDww5-DTz0I

A true (male) king cobra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHGWQs3eR40
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Re: Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:50 pm

Very cool! I will also visit Tioman this summer :)
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Re: Tioman (Malaysia): big monitor lizards and... small retics!

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:29 pm

I'm jealous!
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