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by Hans Breuer (twoton)
September 4th, 2019, 1:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for Costa Rica, please!
Replies: 6
Views: 4054

Re: Tips for Costa Rica, please!

Thank you very much! I will second La Tarde ecolodge. Fantastic place. Gary Kritzinger is also great, but he is now in South Africa. Miguel Jimenez in LaFortuna is also a wonderful guide. And Cesar Barrio Amoros who runs DOC FROG Adventures. Lastly, if you into amphibeans, Brian Kubicki at CRARC is ...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
June 30th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for Costa Rica, please!
Replies: 6
Views: 4054

Re: Tips for Costa Rica, please!

Hi all,

thank you very much for taking the time to post all your wonderful tips! I'll spend a few days now researching all this and will come back with a tentative agenda for you to check :)

Thanks again!!

Hans
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
June 19th, 2019, 2:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for Costa Rica, please!
Replies: 6
Views: 4054

Tips for Costa Rica, please!

Hi all, we're planning to do our annual wildlife watching trip next year between January and June, and we picked Costa Rica. We have ten days in-country, we want to go see everything from bugs to reptiles (avian included) and from lowland to cloud forests, and we have no bloody idea where to start (...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 20th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nepal Lizard ID, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 5249

Re: Nepal Lizard ID, please!

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by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 20th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nepal Lizard ID, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 5249

Re: Nepal Lizard ID, please!

Hi guys, thank you very much!! As for my experiences in Nepal, check my Facebook wall for starters. There's a bird album, a general album, a Dulit album, and others. After our wildlife trip to Chitwan NP, I spent an extra three weeks alone in Kathmandu, waiting for a new passport. And I got adopted ...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 18th, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nepal Lizard ID, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 5249

Nepal Lizard ID, please!

Hi all,

would anyone be able to identify this ca. 15-20 cm long lizard we found basking on a wall close to the Gurkha Museum in Pokhara, Nepal?
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Thanks very much in advance!

Cheers,

Hans
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
November 25th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yourself)
Replies: 10
Views: 9441

Re: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yours

Thank you very much for your patronage!! Northern Taiwan, where I am now, is a tad cold now, only bamboo vipers (Viridovipera steijnegeri) are still out and about. But I saw my first Grey-capped (Pygmy) Woodpecker yesterday in the Central Mountains, so not all is lost :)

Thanks again!

Cheers

Hans
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
November 15th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yourself)
Replies: 10
Views: 9441

Re: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yours

I re-read your book all the time, Hans. Cannot wait for the new one. Thank you too, Zach! I'm making good progress, actually. We're back in Northern Taiwan for two months, since Malaysia observes school holidays now, and the place where I live, as magically beautiful as it is , in winter it's the w...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
November 11th, 2018, 11:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yourself)
Replies: 10
Views: 9441

Re: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yours

Fieldherper wrote:Great Book and highly recommended. ! I too am awaiting the second book.

FH
Thank you!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
November 9th, 2018, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yourself)
Replies: 10
Views: 9441

Re: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yours

I said it before, and imma say it again: The holiday season is upon us. What better gift for your herping friends (or yourself) than this wonderful book? A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag! Snakes and Stories from Taiwan Thanks for your continuous support :-) Cheers from Taiwan Hans PS: For those who've...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
September 27th, 2018, 4:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Singapore customs vs. snake hook
Replies: 3
Views: 10848

Re: Singapore customs vs. snake hook

Martti Niskanen wrote:The immigration-process at the land-border is interesting to say the least.
Tell us!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
September 26th, 2018, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan 2017 roundup
Replies: 8
Views: 14451

Re: Taiwan 2017 roundup

What a haul! Love the ferret-badger ... great shots! How did he allow you to get this close, and why did he hold still this long?
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
September 11th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley
Replies: 14
Views: 12664

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

Ribbit wrote:You didn't. I did. (Shhh, don't tell Hans.)
I HEARD THAT!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
August 31st, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Singapore customs vs. snake hook
Replies: 3
Views: 10848

Re: Singapore customs vs. snake hook

Lots of Singaporean herpers visit Borneo, where I live, and bring their own snake hooks. I don't think there should be an issue. Parangs, however, they will confiscate, even from check-in luggage.
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
August 31st, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley
Replies: 14
Views: 12664

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

Wonderful stuff! That Aphaniotis ornata is amazing ... reminds me of the leaf-nose lizards in Sri Lanka. Didn't know these existed in Borneo!

Thanks for sharing!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
April 11th, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from my New Guinea trip
Replies: 0
Views: 4745

Photos from my New Guinea trip

Hi all, I just came back from a ten-day field trip to West Papua, the Indonesian side of New Guinea. It was technically a birding trip, as we (my uncle and I) stayed in a birding lodge and did the whole up-at-oh-four-hundred-and-straight-into-the-mud-without-tea thing every day. But this was also ou...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
April 11th, 2018, 4:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo report Part 1
Replies: 8
Views: 6223

Re: Borneo report Part 1

Very nice post! Envy you the Xenodermus ! As far as I know, Camponotus gigas was recently given the new and IMHO much cooler name Dinomyrmex gigas . Yes, that's "Terror Ant" :-) That horned frog...are you sure it was nasuta ? There are so many different hornies these days... Excellent tarsier shots,...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
March 1st, 2018, 2:28 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Cheap and awesome birding camera
Replies: 3
Views: 6598

Re: Cheap and awesome birding camera

Ha! No way!!! :-)
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 27th, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 15035

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

Cool! Glad everything worked out! Yeah, Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski are expensive, but you know what they say: cry once, enjoy forever. Looking forward to your mail!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 27th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Cheap and awesome birding camera
Replies: 3
Views: 6598

Cheap and awesome birding camera

If you're looking for a really nice and almost cheap birding camera you won't have to hock the farm for, look into the Nikon Coolpix P900. Just bought one for my upcoming Papua trip, and it's badass. 83x magnification (equivalent to a four thousand mm lens, half of that from optics), and a really as...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 6th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake
Replies: 48
Views: 20002

Re: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake

WSTREPS wrote:This ties in with the somewhat recent thread about mimicry that unfortunately became overly convoluted thanks in part to the MonarchzMan and his serious case of Dunning–Kruger effect.
What thread is that?
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 5th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake
Replies: 48
Views: 20002

Re: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake

Russell's Viper....you win :-)
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
July 19th, 2017, 12:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 9628

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

"I've got nothing against foreigners, some of my best friends are foreigners, but these particular foreigners aren't from here!"
- Geriatrix
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
June 14th, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going the Extra Mile - DOR live birth
Replies: 25
Views: 14820

Re: Going the Extra Mile - DOR live birth

Never seen anything like it - excellent job!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 31st, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 4104

Re: Field Guide for New Guinea?

Thanks very much for the tips and the encouragement, Curtis and intermedius! I had actually also ordered Beehler's book...you can't have too many field guides! As for O'Shea's material, I had a look at the website, and while it is very interesting indeed, I still have to find a way to operate it so ...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 27th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 8878

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

Did you see any other herps from boats, like Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus?
T. purp doesn't exist in Borneo.
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 26th, 2017, 10:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 6920

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

I viewed this and all recent Malaysia posts and enjoyed them more than most books & movies. Well, if I may shamelessly barge in with a plug here: you're in luck, Ameron. I'm turning our experiences from the past six years in Borneo into a book. Look forward to the balls-out hilarious, yet intriguin...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 25th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 8878

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

Hans, I'll make a deal with you. Despite my mild enthusiasm for body-infesting invertebrates that make for good stories, on my next trip I promise to find you some lizards you haven't seen/noticed/differentiated if you promise to monopolize the tunnelworm traffic. Deal? If that means I get to keep ...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 25th, 2017, 3:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 8878

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

I remember mainly that I noticed that some kind of animal was making tunnels beneath my skin. That was a bit unnerving. In Kuching hospital, it turned out to be a worm which had entered my leg though a hole made by a leech. I love Borneo. Now y'all are just being really unfair. Apart from crocodile...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 22nd, 2017, 10:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 8878

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

It must have been horrible to cut short your half-around-the-world trip onaccounta measly slip on a wet stone. I can't begin to imagine your frustration sitting in that Kuching hotel with a cast on your wrist, with all those awesome herps beckoning just fifteen miles away. But here comes the bright ...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 22nd, 2017, 10:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 8878

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

Before I comment on the rest: Bako is on a roadless portion of its peninsula, so all access is by boat. The tides control when and where you can access or leave the park. For both of my visits, I got a ride to the Bako Jetty, then waited for the tides to rise and a boat to be available. The first ti...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 22nd, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 5588

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Ribbit wrote:You are already booked up until 2020?
Well, mostly with work, college preparation for the kids, and a wee ten days snuck in between for birding in Papua, and another for Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Starting in 2020, I'll be back in Taiwan and can relax :-)
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 20th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 5363

Re: Malaysia - East and West. 2017

Wonderful post! The "no hunting" sign was the cherry on the ice cream!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 7519

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

I've been to Santubong countless times, but I had no idea they had Aphaniotis and Phoxophrys ! In fact, I've never seen those anywhere in Sarawak! Probably my selective ignorance at work again (at certain dark and lonely moments in the wee hours of the night, I still tend to view lizards as mere sna...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 5588

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Amazing! I've never herped in West Malaysia, onaccounta my motto "hey, I live in bloody BORNEO, why would I need to go anywhere else?", but this series of posts has really knocked me off my arrogant pedestal. If Kurt and Monty are still active in 2020, I'll get down there for a tour. Trapdoor spider...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 9628

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

It cost me about 30 bucks in gas and cheese burgers per snake.
Thanks for almost making me spray my durian pudding across the room. Never seen our hobby in these terms :-)
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 6920

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

I saw no more flying lizards in Malaysia. That's one reason among many to go back soon. Not to sound meh, blah, or otherwise jaded, but there's a veritable Draco infestation on the trunks of the palm trees that surround the parking lot of that little forest park near my house. One practically trips...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9169

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

Brilliant write-up! Thanks for sharing all these!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 19th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: When the Lab Rat is a Snake (NYT)
Replies: 0
Views: 5417

When the Lab Rat is a Snake (NYT)

"Why Burmese pythons may be the best way to study diabetes, heart disease and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery in humans." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/magazine/when-the-lab-rat-is-a-snake.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ma_20170519&nl=magazine&nl_art=6&nlid=76804897&ref=headline&te=1
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 4th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 4104

Re: Field Guide for New Guinea?

Hi guys, thank you very much for all the tips! This here pretty much sums up the dilemma across the board: New Guinea is so diverse and poorly explored, it will be difficult to get anything useful. World's second-highest biodiversity, but so hard to explore - it's not only the formidable terrain, bu...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
May 3rd, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 4104

Field Guide for New Guinea?

Hi all, is anyone aware of a field guide to the herps of New Guinea? Seeing as the only mammal guide costs 300 dollars, I don't have my hopes up for anything affordable (or even existing!), but maybe someone knows of some obscure paper or something that will help us ID stuff? We're going to Papua (I...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
February 22nd, 2017, 2:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for snake from Borneo, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 2955

Re: ID for snake from Borneo, please!

Thank you very much, everyone, for your learned comments! This is why we keep coming here! :-)
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 26th, 2017, 3:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some frogs of Sarawak (Borneo)
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Re: Some frogs of Sarawak (Borneo)

Thanks!
Peter Engelen wrote:
Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Nice! Where did you find the N. pictus? I've only seen it on Mt Kinabalu once.

In Kubah National Park. Just behind the houses.
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 24th, 2017, 3:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some frogs of Sarawak (Borneo)
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Re: Some frogs of Sarawak (Borneo)

Nice! Where did you find the N. pictus? I've only seen it on Mt Kinabalu once.
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 13th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Skull ID from Borneo please!
Replies: 4
Views: 5087

Re: Skull ID from Borneo please!

Thanks very much, guys!!
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 11th, 2017, 5:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for snake from Borneo, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 2955

ID for snake from Borneo, please!

Hi all, My friend Ch'ien Lee sent me these two photos with the caption: "Got a snake for you to run by your herp forums. Even though it looks like a standard wolf snake, this Lycodon doesn't seem to match anything in the books. It has both preocular and loreal scales so it can't be either L. effraen...
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 11th, 2017, 4:49 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Skull ID from Borneo please!
Replies: 4
Views: 5087

Re: Skull ID from Borneo please!

What, no one??
by Hans Breuer (twoton)
January 1st, 2017, 5:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3842

Re: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016

Thanks a lot!