Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Pulau Tioman

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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:19 pm

An update! I wrote the report about Gunung Mulu NP (Sarawak, Borneo). :D
I got most names to the species, but some geckos have no name yet.

Check it out here:
http://ronaldzimmerman.nl/borneo-mulu-2014/

Some highlights:

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
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Bornean Keeled Green Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus)
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Brown-tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum)
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Rough-sided frog (Rana glandulosa)
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Malayan Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus malayanus)
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Bako National Park is next :D
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Bobby Bok » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:04 am

Grrrrreat! My favourites are for sure that cute Metaphrynella and the stunningly coloured Tropidolaemus. Looking forward of seeing part III.
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Andre Schmid » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:28 am

Nice pics of cool species - I like ! :mrgreen:
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:43 am

Many years ago I was in Gunung Mulu, at the Royal Mulu Resort: wonderful resort and impressive pristine jungle all around.

But it was rainy season, and I had too little experience with tropical snakes: the best thing would have been to walk during night rain along the road between resort, airport and park. Which unfortunately I didn't!
But in the following morning(s) I could see two huge Bungarus dead on the road: B.fasciatus (very big specimen, rather round and not triangular in section) and B.flaviceps. Considering the low traffic impact during night on that road, I think snake presence during those night rainy storms should have been massive.

On the intersection with park road, was spotted more than once a huge king cobra by the manager of the resort and his wife: but I could not see anything.

Other snakes I found were probably one or two Dendrelaphis sp. DOR (? I should search the pictures) and two specimens of O.taeniurus grabowski inside the deer cave.

http://www.ratsnakes.com/images/Etgrabowskyi.jpg
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:03 am

Ruggero Morimando wrote:B.flaviceps

Yummy!
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:26 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:
Ruggero Morimando wrote:B.flaviceps

Yummy!



Thanks, Jeroen.

I did my best to find the slides and a picture of the big fasciatus (I've nearer pictures, but they are very disturbing because of the blood/interiors of the snake).
Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures and for the fact I've no drivers for my old Epson slide scanner! :cry:

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Bungarus fasciatus found DOR on the Royal Mulu Resort-airport road

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Bungarus flaviceps found DOR on the Royal Mulu Resort-airport road

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Dendrelaphis sp. found DOR on the road to Gunung Mulu Park main entrance


P.S. The king cobra was spotted by the resort manager always in the very early mornings hours, basking among low grass at the edge of the main road, at the exact place where the road to the park begins: it was so big, that the first time the manager thought it was a python. It was basking "rolled up", then it always raised the head and disappeared in the vegetation.
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:09 pm

A word about the title of the 3d: the right name is Pulau (which means "island") Tioman, and not Palau Tioman.

A picture of "our" huge dendrophila, found in the same place in Tioman for two consecutive years.

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Boiga dendrophila in Pulau Tioman
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Palau Tioman

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:54 pm

Ruggero Morimando wrote:Many years ago I was in Gunung Mulu, at the Royal Mulu Resort: wonderful resort and impressive pristine jungle all around.

But it was rainy season, and I had too little experience with tropical snakes: the best thing would have been to walk during night rain along the road between resort, airport and park. Which unfortunately I didn't!
But in the following morning(s) I could see two huge Bungarus dead on the road: B.fasciatus (very big specimen, rather round and not triangular in section) and B.flaviceps. Considering the low traffic impact during night on that road, I think snake presence during those night rainy storms should have been massive.

On the intersection with park road, was spotted more than once a huge king cobra by the manager of the resort and his wife: but I could not see anything.

Other snakes I found were probably one or two Dendrelaphis sp. DOR (? I should search the pictures) and two specimens of O.taeniurus grabowski inside the deer cave.

http://www.ratsnakes.com/images/Etgrabowskyi.jpg

After this trip I have the feeling I missed so many things and that I have to go back.. ;)

Ruggero Morimando wrote:A word about the title of the 3d: the right name is Pulau (which means "island") Tioman, and not Palau Tioman.

A picture of "our" huge dendrophila, found in the same place in Tioman for two consecutive years.

boiga.jpg

LOL.. I know the meaning, but it is funny that I wrote and read Palau for months.. Nobody corrected me before and after you told me I see it too. I am not dyslectic for the record. I corrected it, thanks! :)

Andre Schmid wrote:Nice pics of cool species - I like ! :mrgreen:

Thanks :D

Bobby Bok wrote:Grrrrreat! My favourites are for sure that cute Metaphrynella and the stunningly coloured Tropidolaemus. Looking forward of seeing part III.

Yeah the orange gloves are nice! :D
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Pulau Tioman

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:30 pm

A new episode :) This time about Bako NP, with some nice additions :)
Read and see the full story here:
http://ronaldzimmerman.nl/malaysia-2014 ... ak-borneo/

Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata)
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Horsfield's Gliding Gecko (Ptychozoon horsfieldii)
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Asian Leaf Turtle (Cyclemys dentata)
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Short-legged Dwarf Toad (Pelophryne signata)
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Intermediate Sticky Frog (Kalophrynus intermedius)
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Bornean Keeled Green Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus)
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Re: Malaysia summer 2014: Borneo and Pulau Tioman

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:30 am

Thanks again. It's getting time now to see that Rhacophorus you mentioned ;)
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