Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

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Second day in Bako and first day in Damai

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:53 pm

I went for a walk to a vantage point and found some Cnemaspis kendallii
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licking
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I also payed the male viper we found the day before a visit
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Near tourist centre there was a Varanus salvator macromatulatus.
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We moved to Damai, I inspected surroundings and found Eutropis multifasciata
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and, just next to the hotel, Dasia vittata
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this specimen has no fore limb
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the tree- habitat
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and, next to the hotel as well, big Varanus salvator macromatulatus but it escaped quickly so I have only a photo of the habitat
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When dark, near sources of light around the hotel apartments there were many geckos
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Re: Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:19 pm

Thanks Michal!

I like your taeniura finding outside the cave: a very yellow specimen! 8-)
I saw this species (2 specimens) only inside a cave.

Beautiful region SE Asia :roll:
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Re: Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

Postby Guillaume Blanchet » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:18 am

Nice report Michal!

No crocs in Sugei Buloh but a nice herp this Chrysopelea paradisi!!!

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Re: Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:30 pm

The following day I made Permai forest walk trip to find agamas. I found the first Gonocephalus liogaster quite quickly. This one is an adult male since its irises are blue.
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the habitat
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There was also a "snake" crawling away from ants into my direction so I hold on with taking photos of it waiting for it to approach me closer but it changed its direction of movement so I'm left with a photo depicting something like an earthworm, though I remember its head had red markings...
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I also spotted a skink, Sphenomorphus cyanolaemus. The genra is now regarded as a "wastebin taxon" so the skinks in this part of the world are not well researched yet.
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the habitat
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Cnemaspis kendallii
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I even scored second encounter with Gonocephalus liogaster but this male is probably much older than the previous one since this one has pronounced crest.

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pesky mosquito!
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After the walk I bought an ice cream and I was told by hotel employee about a snake in a tree, it was not easy to spot it!
Adult Tropidolaemus subannulatus
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spot the snake!
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Then I descended to a beach and spoted something runing away- it was Bronchocela cristatella.
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The lizard turned brown when I stressed it a bit by taking photos.

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Re: Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:21 pm

Next day I went to Santubong and found some tadpoles in a creek, probably Meristogenys spp., which were sharing the habitat with shrimps. The shrimps were being caught for fun by kids of locals who were picnicking there.
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There was also one specimen of Limnonectes kuhlii complex
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the habitat
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After sunset I visited a hotel pond full of fish and found adult female of Hylarana erythrea sitting next to a pond.
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Santubong and neighbourhood of my hotel

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:56 pm

It was not raining so in the morning I went to Santubong hoping to see something new. Soon I encountered Cnemaspis kendallii. Then I spotted
ImageSphenomorphus cyanolaemus

This species has never been reported in that area so I might publish that observation.

ImageSphenomorphus cyanolaemus

ImageSphenomorphus cyanolaemus

After that I found an agamid which, having blue eyes, made me think it was a juvenile of Blue-eyed Angle-headed Lizard, though its head was remarcably short, moreover it was found in horizontal, not vertical, position.
ImageAphaniotis fusca, male

ImageAphaniotis fusca, male

ImageAphaniotis fusca, male

I have crossed some streams and many of them were home to Limnonectes frogs and some to water skinks.
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ImageLimnonectes "kuhlii" complex

eyes of these two are different
ImageLimnonectes "kuhlii" complex

ImageLimnonectes "kuhlii" complex, juvenile

ImageLimnonectes "kuhlii" complex
This specimen looks like Occidozyga laevis but it was found near waterfall and that habitat is unlikely for O. laevis.
ImageLimnonectes "kuhlii" complex

Nearby usual suspect was found- Staurois guttatus.
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When I was returning to my hotel i encountered DOR ImageBronchocela cristatella

On hotel grounds there were many geckos attracted to light.
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There was a rivulet with a bush next to the hotel so I investigated the area and found:
ImageDuttaphrynus melanostictus, juvenile

ImageGecko monarchus

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ImageFejervarya cancrivora, tadpole

ImageFejervarya cancrivora, tadpoles

The frog below was found near group of calling Duttaphrynus melanostictus.
ImageFejervarya cancrivora

ImageFejervarya cancrivora

Toads themselves.
ImageDuttaphrynus melanostictus, male

ImageDuttaphrynus melanostictus, male

ImageDuttaphrynus melanostictus, male

ImageDuttaphrynus melanostictus
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Cultural Village, Santubong

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:46 am

It was our last day in Damai so we visited Cultural Village where I quickly found a flying snake.
ImageChrysopelea ornata ornatissima, juvenile

ImageChrysopelea ornata ornatissima, juvenile

In that facility there were traditional buldings with people who were doing traditional things while wearing traditional clothes. There is a lake in the middle but I did not notice any frogs there. But at the back there is a waterfall and a stream which enters that lake later. This is where I found Chalcorana raniceps.
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Imagehabitat of Limnonectes cf. conspicillatus and Chalcorana raniceps

In the puddle nearby there were also non-skittish tadpoles in different stages of development.
ImageChalcorana sp., tadpole

ImageChalcorana sp., tadpole

And a tiny (juvenile) Limnonectes frog whose hind legs were fully webbed suggesting membership of Limnonectes conspicillatus, however we should keep in mind that this might be only because of the juvenility.
ImageLimnonectes cf. conspicillatus, juvenile

There was also a Common Sun Skink in the Cultural Village but I posted photos of this species before.
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