Bali 2017

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Bali 2017

Postby Bastien Comment » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:10 pm

Hey guys,

It's been quite a while I haven't posted anything so I hope you'll enjoy a few pictures taken during my holidays in Bali (end of August - beginning of September 2017). It was definitely not a herping holiday as I was there with my wife and I've made only 1 night session with a very cool fellow from there, Agus Putra (some of you know him already maybe but for sure if you go to Bali once, please don't hesitate to contact him, he's very nice and knows his stuff pretty well). We managed to find over 10 snakes in 3 different places within about 3 hours (driving from one place to another included).

Sorry for the not so good picture quality, I'm suspecting my camera to be a bit ill... :D

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An elegant monkey from Monkey Forest in Ubud


A few pictures from our hotel in Seminyak. Agus told us that he was regularly called there to remove snakes and while we were doing the check-in, we heard a couple informing the concierge that they had seen a big black snake in front of the fitness...needless to say that I've checked the area carefully but unfortunately no luck finding that snake ;)

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Varanus salvator were everywhere around the ponds of the hotel


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Periscope mode


And now the herping night:

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Tokay


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In-situ Boiga dendrophilia


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A beautiful black and white specimen (I'm talking about the snake obviously...)


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In-situ Dendrelaphis pictus, by far the most common snake here


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Very difficult to spot in the vegetation at night


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In-situ Ahaetulla prasina


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Pareas carinatus


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A big spider


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In-situ Pytas korros


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In-situ pretty cool lizard


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Couldn't get the head on camera though


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Trimereserus insularis obviously the highlight


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Another one in-situ


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A young Ahaetulla prasina


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In-situ Dendrelaphis pictus


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Ahaetulla prasina


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Laticauda colubrina


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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:42 pm

The dendrophila seems to have already the intention to jump down. Was it over water? Was it difficult to capture?
Some years ago I contacted Duncan McRea (if I remember well his name) in order to have the possibility to spot king cobras on the island: but then I did not travel there and lost the contact. Have you heard there about this guy?
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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Bastien Comment » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:34 pm

Actually it was not too difficult to capture. There was a small river next to that tree indeed. Agus shook the tree, he needed to do it for maybe 5 seconds before the snake decided to jump in the river precisely. Then I jumped in that river and managed to catch it at the second try (the first moved some sediments in the water and I couldn't see anything for a few seconds).

I haven't heard of Duncan McRea but I can tell you that Agus is also very much into king cobras. He even guided Romulus Whitaker some time ago :D
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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:01 pm

Thanks!

In fact you have seen "too many" snakes in one night: without a good help it is normally impossible or very difficult, and even with help not guaranteed... :lol:

Even a big expert as Rom obviously needs help to find snakes in short times in an unknown island: no surprise! ;)
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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Tim Leerschool » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:11 pm

Hi Ruggero,

now I feel sad as I went there last summer and did not have such nice results, though it also was no herping trip or have a guide. Still very cool to see your succes, especially the Laticauda! I am planning a trip this summer especially for this species! Hope to see it in the wild (and in the water :lol: )

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:49 pm

Nice! What's the story with the sea snake? How was it found?
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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:58 pm

:o
Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Nice! What's the story with the sea snake? How was it found?


I don't know the facts about this particular specimen, but I know, also from direct experience in a small island of Borneo, that the right way to see those snakes at shore is to wait until dark in the evening, and then to watch at the shore with a torch.
The island were I made this experience is the island of Mabul, near the well known divers' paradise island of Sipadan.
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Re: Bali 2017

Postby Bastien Comment » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:24 pm

Ruggero: agreed, without a good help it's impossible to find so many snakes within so less time. The same rule applies all around the world actually, when I go herping in Switzerland, it's not rare that I see more than 20 snakes but if you just go here and there and count on luck, it'll be more challenging for sure.

Tim: as said, if you need to, I can gladly give you the contact of Agus Putra. You can actually find him on Facebook and he confirmed me that he was open to get contacted by other people. Just note that he charges something for his time (but in my opinion it's well deserved and it included the rental car for me). Regarding the possibility to find sea snakes in the sea, it seems to be a bit more difficult as I'll explain below...

Jeroen: the story behind the sea snake is that from what I've understood, it's more difficult to find them in the water (it also obviously implies another equipment than a pair of good shoes). So the easiest is to go at night walk next to the sea and look in the rocks. On the picture below, you'll see those rocks on the left of the picture. The snake we've found was hiding underneath a rock and Agus spotted the shed. As he wanted to show it to me, he realized that the snake was actually right there :D

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By the way, looking at my trousers, you can easily measure the depth of the river in which I jumped to catch the Boiga dendrophilia earlier that evening ;)
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