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by Rags
September 5th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah
Replies: 9
Views: 7657

Re: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah

Thanks for posting those extra photos. That certainly is a nice looking serpent!
by Rags
August 18th, 2018, 4:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park
Replies: 12
Views: 5983

Re: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park

Based on the IDs I got from Dr. Haas about various brown treefrogs, I might guess Rhacophorus fasciatus, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if those are indeed Rhacophorus harrisoni. R. harrisoni at least sometimes has yellow on the undersides of the limbs. I know range maps can be misleading but I h...
by Rags
August 18th, 2018, 3:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley
Replies: 14
Views: 10946

Re: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley

Elephants to end with...great series of posts again. Thanks for taking the time to put these together.

(Now looking forwards to a post from Ghana.)
by Rags
August 17th, 2018, 4:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 4: Highlands of Sabah
Replies: 6
Views: 4317

Re: Back to Borneo, part 4: Highlands of Sabah

The Trimeresurus malcolmi is a real stunner - nice find.

I would have to say for me the green snail stole this one though!
by Rags
August 16th, 2018, 3:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah
Replies: 9
Views: 7657

Re: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah

Great to see all those Horned Frogs - everybody's favourite, including me.
Also that Kukri is a stunner - anymore shots of it you could post?

Thanks.
by Rags
August 16th, 2018, 2:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park
Replies: 12
Views: 5983

Re: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park

Enjoyed the Mulu post. You certainly nailed it with the Megophrys this time. I'd swear that Abe's beard has got bushier since we were there. Your photo parade of 'Brown' tree frogs has now got me thinking. I had previously convinced myself that these were R.harrissoni but they are quite different to...
by Rags
August 15th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching
Replies: 9
Views: 5034

Re: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching

Hi John, 'Back to Borneo' - Congratulations, that was a quick about turn and return to Malaysia. Thanks for posting this, really enjoyed going through the photos and narrative. Loved the Planarian Flatworm, great colours. Also a fine selection of stick insects, good luck with the ID's. Great shots o...
by Rags
May 22nd, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Re: Malaysia - East and West. 2017

Thanks Hans and 'dendrelaphis' for your comments.
by Rags
May 22nd, 2017, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 7164

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending

Aaaaaargh, what a way to end such a great trip. I hope you haven't had too much of a problem with the wrist mending since your return. This just confirms my suspicions that Bako is a cursed place. Hot as hell and all the plants covered in spikes. Tiny, devil monkeys waiting to rob you at every turn ...
by Rags
May 19th, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Re: Malaysia - East and West. 2017

Thanks John. The article does indeed list H.davidbowie as found in Sabah. I have also found a reference to it being found in Brunei. Now I've just got to convince myself it's not Thelctiopis modesta. Is it me or are spiders confusing? I found a few online references that claim that T. modesta is th...
by Rags
May 19th, 2017, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 6287

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

Well done John, another great post. Permai is worth the effort and gets my vote as the most 'Snakey Place' we visited. I can't help with the ID of your Katydid but it certainly is a stunner. Also Leptobrachium ingeri, another fine looking creature! The info on C. pubisulcus. is interesting and somet...
by Rags
May 17th, 2017, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Re: Malaysia 2017.

Thanks John.

The article does indeed list H.davidbowie as found in Sabah. I have also found a reference to it being found in Brunei. Now I've just got to convince myself it's not Thelctiopis modesta.

Is it me or are spiders confusing?
by Rags
May 17th, 2017, 6:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 7473

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Hi John, No spider expert here but how about Common White-flanked Water Spider (Nilus albocinctus) for your first spider? "A large waterside spider characterised by a broad brown median band on the carapace and the abdomen, flanked by a pair of narrower lateral white bands." Also, Gollum Toad (Inger...
by Rags
May 16th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Re: Malaysia 2017.

Thanks Neil,

I'm pleased it brought back some nice memories for you. Once you get back from a good trip it doesn't seem to take long to get back to routine.

The keelback hunting the Nepenthes for frogs was a good moment for us too.

Ray

- Congratulations again on your spine-jawed snake. Amazing!
by Rags
May 16th, 2017, 9:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Re: Malaysia 2017.

Hello John. Thanks for your comments. I also find it difficult to take photographs of the peripherals of a trip like this. I have an attachment that every so often says in my ear - "That would be a good photo." With regards to our weather, it was pretty wet. We lost several night walks as the storms...
by Rags
May 16th, 2017, 2:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 4035

Malaysia - East and West. 2017

My wife and I have recently returned from a visit to Malaysia. We flew out to KL on the 28th February and back to the UK on 10th April 2017. The trip was arranged to include locations that we had somehow failed to visit on previous trips, such as Taman Negara and Fraser’s Hill in Peninsular Malaysia...
by Rags
May 14th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer King Cobra
Replies: 23
Views: 9560

Re: Lifer King Cobra

Wow, congratulations.

All those hours spent in the dark, soaked to the skin in sweat, repeating the mantra - "I'm going to find something in a minute!"
That King Cobra is the pay off. I'm pleased for you and glad you shared it on here. Well done mate.

Ray.
by Rags
April 23rd, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Toad ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1649

Re: Borneo Toad ID

Thanks Antonsrkn.

I have been looking at the IUCN maps on their Red List. I understand some of the species information is out of date. Range wise, it does seem the most specific source available.

I'm happy that I have at least got the ID's correct...
by Rags
April 21st, 2017, 4:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Toad ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1649

Re: Borneo Toad ID

Okay, whilst your looking... https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2842/33792079220_ffd5e32314_c.jpg [/url] I had this amplectant pair down as Rhacophorus harrissoni - Brown Tree Frog. Once again these were at around 1000 metres above sea level and outside their apparent range. Also this is a species that s...
by Rags
April 21st, 2017, 3:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 7039

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Hi Ribbit, Just catching up with your series of posts from your Malaysian trip. The photographs and text are a joy to read. You certainly had some great sightings and experiences that will last a lifetime. Will certainly have some questions for you once I get chance to draw breath. Thanks for taking...
by Rags
April 21st, 2017, 3:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Toad ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1649

Borneo Toad ID

On a recent visit to Sarawak I managed to photograph a couple of small toads during a night walk at Borneo Highlands Resort. The forest in which they were found is around 1000 metres above sea level and situated on the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan. I have initially identified them as Peloph...
by Rags
February 21st, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Travels in New Mexico - Part 1
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

Re: Travels in New Mexico - Part 1

Some great photos and variety there. Thanks for posting.
by Rags
January 18th, 2017, 11:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 3 The Top End
Replies: 9
Views: 3583

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 3 The Top End

I have really enjoyed the three posts covering your Australian adventure. Thanks for taking the time and effort to post them here. The photo's were excellent and its difficult to single any out. However, the red kangaroo family and the frogmouth shots certainly stick in the mind. Your reports showed...
by Rags
January 30th, 2016, 3:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3215

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Great shots of some beautiful snakes.

Thanks for posting.
by Rags
April 4th, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 7592

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

Forgot to say...

Cinnamon Frog - Wow!
by Rags
April 4th, 2015, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 7592

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

Thanks Hans. I haven't posted on the forum for quite a while but feel compelled to say something here. Your photos and narrative were excellent. It made me realise how much I miss Malaysia and in particular Sabah. I have traveled to lots of places in the last few years but Malaysia is just THE place...
by Rags
December 20th, 2014, 1:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 4920

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

If you are looking for a second stop off I would also lean towards Cahuita. We stayed at Cabinas Iguana which is a pleasant, short walk along the coast from the town and park. Comfortable lodges, pool, wildlife in the grounds (Oropel, sloth, Kinkajou, D.auratus, iguanas). Along the same lane is a li...
by Rags
November 6th, 2014, 12:30 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Inverts
Replies: 1
Views: 2165

Re: Costa Rica Inverts

Great series of photos, thanks for posting.
by Rags
November 6th, 2014, 12:23 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink
Replies: 14
Views: 6013

Re: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink

Enjoyed reading through this. Thanks for posting.
by Rags
October 15th, 2014, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morocco Herptrip 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 6137

Re: Morocco Herptrip 2014

Brilliant post!
by Rags
June 25th, 2014, 4:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4289

Re: Costa Rica 2014

Is that one nights catch in the photo or do you collect for a few days and then have a session of photographs in one day?

Is I it difficult returning the snakes to the area they were found in?

Not implying anything, just wondering. thanks, Rags.
by Rags
June 24th, 2014, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4289

Re: Costa Rica 2014

Hi Trey,

There must be about 25 snakes in bags there? What happened to them?
by Rags
April 28th, 2014, 11:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama Frogs - looking for ID help.
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Panama Frogs - looking for ID help.

Hello, After sifting through my photos following a trip to Panama I have been left with a few amphibians with no positive ID's. Anybody able to help... Many thanks in advance. The first three photos are of the same small toad found in a water filled roadside ditch at Coronado on the Pacific coast. h...
by Rags
October 22nd, 2013, 6:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: anyone been to Fraser Island in Australia?
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Re: anyone been to Fraser Island in Australia?

Hi Bryce, We visited Fraser Island in 2004 as part of an organised tour, two days and one night, it was a beautiful place. As Ryan said, it is possible to do the island on your own with a four wheel drive. The main beach/road runs the length of the island and can spring some nasty surprises on the u...
by Rags
May 6th, 2013, 4:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)

CCarille; I think your tree frog may be Hypsiboas crepitans. Thanks for the suggestion. I tend to agree. Latest find... This snake dropped out of a tree right in front of me. It was being harassed by a Clay-coloured Thrush. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8711853108_c579b109d4_c.jpg Short-snouted...
by Rags
May 4th, 2013, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)

Thanks all for the correction. Jon Wedow has also suggested Leptodactylus bolivianus rather than my ID of Lithobates vaillanti. I'll make the change to the caption. gretzkyrh4 wrote; Also, keep your eye on that high tide line if you make it out to Punta Chame again. I've had some nice surprise finds...
by Rags
May 3rd, 2013, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Panama snake ID?

Got a few bits and pieces loaded up but, as previously said, it is like a blast furnace here during the day. Most stuff is turning up after dark... (Tentative ID's at this stage) http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8686248869_27dcc9aea2_c.jpg 'Kitchen Floor' Scorpion (Centruroides margaritatus) http:...
by Rags
May 3rd, 2013, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need help. Looking for pictures of American Crocodiles.
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: Need help. Looking for pictures of American Crocodiles.

Hi John, feel free... Photo 1 and 2 are the same croc. http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1275/4704631936_917e0d52e4_z.jpg American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). Costa Rica http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4030/4704631946_a161604957_z.jpg American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). Costa Rica http://farm5.stat...
by Rags
May 1st, 2013, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Panama snake ID?

Thanks for the additional information Jon. This specimen is indeed, well west of the canal.

I must admit Dryadophis pleei was unknown to me until Jeff put the name up. It was an unusual looking snake.

Moving on to El Valle on the 10th, hopefully it will be more productive.
by Rags
May 1st, 2013, 5:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Panama snake ID?

Many thanks Jeff.
by Rags
April 30th, 2013, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Panama snake ID? ( Now frog too)

Looking for help with this Panama snake ID please. Spotted late afternoon in the dry forests around Coronado on the Pacific coast. (Sorry for picture quality.) It's the same snake in both photos. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8395/8695567419_e1833d4924_c.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/869670...
by Rags
April 18th, 2013, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)
Replies: 41
Views: 7908

Re: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)

Anyone asked the Japanese Zoo where they got their incredibly rare reptile from?
by Rags
April 18th, 2013, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Earless Monitor- One of Five confirmed specimens
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Re: Earless Monitor- One of Five confirmed specimens

Did these two guys have a stand at the show?
by Rags
April 18th, 2013, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)
Replies: 41
Views: 7908

Re: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)

Wouldn't it be nice to compare the photo's the two Japanese semi professionals ("...half job, half fun.") monitor, which was found and released after years of searching, with the reptile that has turned up in the Japanese zoo. Surely those raised scales along the flank are in a pattern individual to...
by Rags
April 14th, 2013, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flyers and Spiders and Bears...Oh My!! (S.E.Asia)
Replies: 24
Views: 5076

Re: Flyers and Spiders and Bears...Oh My!! (S.E.Asia)

The ID of the Ahaetulla's was a bit of a headache from the start. I ended up with Ahaetulla prasina as the most likely identities after consultation with someone in Malaysia who looked at the shots and agreed . However I am still open to persuasion. The problem with this post is it shows two differe...
by Rags
March 28th, 2013, 12:04 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Small array of arachnids
Replies: 5
Views: 1862

Re: Small array of arachnids

Nice selection of tropical spiders. Loved the last jumping spider shot. Looking forward to more photos!
by Rags
March 27th, 2013, 11:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - December and January - around the house
Replies: 5
Views: 3111

Re: New Zealand - December and January - around the house

Great to see a selection of birds from New Zealand, even though some of them were very familiar!

Are you trying for Takahe whilst 'down under?'
by Rags
March 27th, 2013, 11:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 5556

Re: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip

Any type of wildlife from New Zealand seems to feature so rarely on the forum. Enjoyed the post and it's subjects, great photography as ever.
by Rags
March 27th, 2013, 11:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few tropical trochilids
Replies: 1
Views: 1535

Re: A few tropical trochilids

Just brilliant. Perfect way to hold the Winter blues at bay. The in flight shots are excellent but my favourite has to be the male V.C.Woodnymph - the colours are so bright.

(We will be in Panama this time next week, fingers crossed for some hummers to watch!)
by Rags
March 23rd, 2013, 11:59 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: South American Mouse ID+update (3/29/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 7149

Re: South American Mouse ID

No input on the ID, but interesting stuff.