Sumatra 2015

For your reports/images, made outside Europe and the "Mediterranean" countries. Not to be too narrow minded and limited to our European/Mediterranean herps.

Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:10 pm

Thanks for that! Brings back sweet memories to my recent trip to Peninsular Malaysia (which you've probably seen). It's like Frédéric said - you could debate about which place in SE Asia is better, but most of them would outcompete any European site. Unfortunately ;)
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Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Neil Rowntree » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:50 pm

Cheers guys,

Fred, I was also a big fan of Kubah NP when I visited last year, it delivered my first pit viper, a couple of keelbacks and some sore legs from ascending the road each evening - but I only stopped for a night in Cameron Highlands on my way to Penang as time was limited. It seemed a lot colder and less appealing at the time - did you notice a change in the species observed?

I agree Jeroen, although you continentals have still got it good compared to us islanders!
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Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:28 pm

Neil Rowntree wrote:Cheers guys,

Fred, I was also a big fan of Kubah NP when I visited last year, it delivered my first pit viper, a couple of keelbacks and some sore legs from ascending the road each evening - but I only stopped for a night in Cameron Highlands on my way to Penang as time was limited. It seemed a lot colder and less appealing at the time - did you notice a change in the species observed?

I agree Jeroen, although you continentals have still got it good compared to us islanders!


I didn't like the Cameron Highlands either: the type of habitat/vegetation is actually different from that of lowland Malaysia, and also the species found there are else.
I'm mainly interested in finding big snakes, and I was disappointed to discover, when I arrived in the Higlands, no king cobras live there (at least so said to us our malay friend). And probably also the big colubrids (Zaocys) and the Pythons are not present there.
We went there to see the Cameron Highlands yellow cave racers "taeniura", but the only specimens seen where those kept in a small reptilarium in a orchid or butterfly house... Probably Cameron Higlands are a good trip for those interested in smaller snake species, lizards and insect species.
The next day we went back to lower altitudes, where we found, thanks our friend's knowledge, a wonderful pristine jungle habitat, of the type we liked. But no snakes... :oops:
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Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Neil Rowntree » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:28 pm

Ha ha, yes - nothing beats a nice bit of pristine habitat...until you find nothing!
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Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:18 pm

Great report! :)
Neil Rowntree wrote:Cheers guys,

Fred, I was also a big fan of Kubah NP when I visited last year, it delivered my first pit viper, a couple of keelbacks and some sore legs from ascending the road each evening - but I only stopped for a night in Cameron Highlands on my way to Penang as time was limited. It seemed a lot colder and less appealing at the time - did you notice a change in the species observed?

I agree Jeroen, although you continentals have still got it good compared to us islanders!

Kubah NP was indeed one of the best places I have ever visited. I found so many animals that I could not handle it anymore. ;)
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Re: Sumatra 2015

Postby Bobby Bok » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:52 pm

Great report and great findings, love those reticulated toads! Beautiful!
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