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by dendrelaphis
December 27th, 2014, 2:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two kraits in five days :)
Replies: 5
Views: 2329

Re: Two kraits in five days :)

truely amazing, Kraits are so rare, what a wonderful observations
by dendrelaphis
December 27th, 2014, 12:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Re: Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes

Yeah, the Dryophiops was wonderful. I found two DOR on Santubong but never one alive, a huge frustration. They're so difficult to spot due to their colouration. But on Pangkor, I saw a snake on a branch, next to the lobby of our resort. Because of the way it was positioned on that branch, it was act...
by dendrelaphis
December 23rd, 2014, 3:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Re: Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes

Hi Kriss, I can tell you that there's a nice trail in the northern part of the Island, at Pangkor Beach Resort. It starts at a small Chinese temple. You can easily walk (part of) this trail at night as well. I found most snakes (also Naja sumatrana) there. Looking forward to seeing what you turn up ...
by dendrelaphis
December 23rd, 2014, 1:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes
Replies: 5
Views: 2901

Pulau Pangkor (Malaysia): some snakes

From some trips to Pangkor several years ago: Tropidolaemus wagleri http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj592/dendrelaphis/Tropidolaemuswaglerisubadult2_zps416a85f1.jpg http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj592/dendrelaphis/Tropidolaemuswaglerisubadult1_zps7794143b.jpg http://i1269.photobucket.com/a...
by dendrelaphis
December 10th, 2014, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

Re: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation

Oligodon purpurascens actually exhibits a strong colour pattern dimorphism (if you're interested: Van Rooijen et al. (2011): COLOR PATTERN DIMORPHISM IN THE COLUBRID SNAKE Oligodon purpurascens (SCHLEGEL, 1837) (REPTILIA: SQUAMATA); Russian Journal of Herpetology 18: 215-220). One form is brown with...
by dendrelaphis
December 10th, 2014, 2:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

Re: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation

Thanks. I never went all the way to the summit. I judged it to be a bit too risky as you have to use slippery rope ladders and I was on my own. But I did climb to roughly 500 meters on several occasions. There are some wonderful spots although I did not find much there. To be honest, I guess there a...
by dendrelaphis
December 7th, 2014, 5:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

Re: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation

Here's the references: Van Rooijen, J. (2009): Estimating the snake species richness of the Santubong Peninsula (Borneo) in two different ways. Contributions to Zoology 78: 141-147. Van Rooijen, J. (2012): Estimating the snake species richness of the Santubong Peninsula (Borneo): a computer-simulati...
by dendrelaphis
December 7th, 2014, 12:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

Borneo, Sarawak, Santubong snake compilation

I have spent several vacations on the Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, Borneo, with my family. Although our main activities were swimming and doing nothing, I have spent a fair amount of time in the rainforest looking for snakes. I have published the results in two papers so some of you may already hav...
by dendrelaphis
December 5th, 2014, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #81: Spitter Baby
Replies: 20
Views: 7522

Re: Borneo Dispatches #81: Spitter Baby

great and that situation is very familiar to me (-:
by dendrelaphis
December 3rd, 2014, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Asia Adventure Part 2: Borneo!
Replies: 45
Views: 18101

Re: Asia Adventure Part 2: Borneo!

In fact, best would be not to travel to Asia at all: the pollution resulting from burning kerosine..... And even simply walking through the jungle would slightly decrease the fitness of specimens noticing you. And capturing, fotographing, also in situ (without capturing the specimen) surely has an i...
by dendrelaphis
December 3rd, 2014, 4:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Asia Adventure Part 2: Borneo!
Replies: 45
Views: 18101

Re: Asia Adventure Part 2: Borneo!

Wow, the T. sumatranus and Blue Coral snake are awsome. Both species I have never seen on Borneo )-: The B. cynodon is also pretty amazing by the way. And I love the anecdotes. Apparently, Kubah is a pit viper paradise. I have spent one day there several years ago and found a wonderful juvenile T. b...
by dendrelaphis
December 3rd, 2014, 4:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hiding place of Boiga drapiezii
Replies: 6
Views: 3798

Re: hiding place of Boiga drapiezii

Wonderful! Nice to see that there are people sharing my fascination! Here's two more: I have seen many Chrysopelea paradisi during day-time but never found one at night. Dendrelaphis-species are always easy to find at night but Chrysopelea? . Did you ever find one at night? And: Since I found a King...
by dendrelaphis
November 30th, 2014, 10:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kopsteins Bronzeback
Replies: 6
Views: 2382

Re: Kopsteins Bronzeback

Yes, they were known (but it's certainly not then most common dendrelaphis) and misidentified. The taxonomy of Dendrelaphis was a mess. So many erros and misidentifications and others built on those erros etcetera. So we simply had to start all over, more or less neglected all publications, and coll...
by dendrelaphis
November 27th, 2014, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kopsteins Bronzeback
Replies: 6
Views: 2382

Re: Kopsteins Bronzeback

I believe it was in 2006 (Zootaxa)
by dendrelaphis
November 26th, 2014, 10:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kopsteins Bronzeback
Replies: 6
Views: 2382

Re: Kopsteins Bronzeback

Love it!, I described this species with Gernot and it's so wonderful to see a living specimen and to see that this species has really come to life in the herpetological community.
by dendrelaphis
November 26th, 2014, 10:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2014: Working the Iberian Peninsula
Replies: 17
Views: 6961

Re: Spring 2014: Working the Iberian Peninsula

Amazing pictures and observations, the M. monspessulanus eating a blackbird is awesome!
by dendrelaphis
November 18th, 2014, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes
Replies: 11
Views: 5766

Re: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes

I'd prefer finding a B. flaviceps over an O. Hannah. How many times have you found either species? I found only one B. flaviceps and three O. Hannah. Obviously, O. Hannah is very impressive but there's something about B. flaviceps that intrigues me. Its coloration and the fact that it's so rare and...
by dendrelaphis
November 17th, 2014, 10:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes
Replies: 11
Views: 5766

Re: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes

That's really amazing, they're so rare. I'd prefer finding a B. flaviceps over an O. Hannah.
by dendrelaphis
November 17th, 2014, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes
Replies: 11
Views: 5766

Re: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes

and that's why searching for snakes can drive you so crazy (-: I once caught a Bungarus flaviceps on Pulau Tioman. This species is so beautiful and conspicuous. But my camera malfunctioned and the pictures were really bad. But I never found another specimen. Knowing they're out there and not finding...
by dendrelaphis
November 15th, 2014, 3:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hiding place of Boiga drapiezii
Replies: 6
Views: 3798

Re: hiding place of Boiga drapiezii

Wow, so imagine how hard it is to find a specimen during day time when not equiped with a transmitter ..... That's why searching for snakes is so wonderful. And that's why there's so much we don't yet know about them.
by dendrelaphis
November 12th, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blue Coral # 5 (video added)
Replies: 8
Views: 3000

Re: Blue Coral # 5

absolutely stunning
by dendrelaphis
November 12th, 2014, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hiding place of Boiga drapiezii
Replies: 6
Views: 3798

hiding place of Boiga drapiezii

When walking through the Malaysian rainforest searching for snakes I always wondered where enigmatic nocturnal species such as Boiga drapiezii hide during the day: high up in the canopy, in hollow trees? That's the kind of thing that fascinates me and keeps me searching http://i1269.photobucket.com/...
by dendrelaphis
November 9th, 2014, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 16488

Re: A Dream Come True in Borneo!

A very enigmatic snake, wonderful find, I have never found it in Borneo and can only hope to find one in the future.
by dendrelaphis
November 8th, 2014, 3:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22352

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

Amazing finds, I really should return to Borneo as soon as possible, thanks for showing those wonderful pictures
by dendrelaphis
November 2nd, 2014, 12:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Python reticulatus anecdotes
Replies: 11
Views: 5766

Some Python reticulatus anecdotes

Some old anecdotes and pictures featuring Python reticulatus. Although rather comon, it’s certainly one of my favourites. We were on Palua Pangkor, Malaysia, staying in a resort near the rainforest. I had asked the staff to cal me in case they saw a snake. So one morning, we were just having coffee,...
by dendrelaphis
November 1st, 2014, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #81: Spitter Baby
Replies: 20
Views: 7522

Re: Borneo Dispatches #81: Spitter Baby

Beautiful specimen. I think these small spitters are more dangerous than a large King. The one I found was so quick and aggressive and due to its small size so difficult to handle.
by dendrelaphis
October 19th, 2014, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zamenis longissimus
Replies: 0
Views: 1462

Zamenis longissimus

We had a vacation in France last summer. We started in the north of the Jura and then proceeded to the Ardeche. When we left for the ardeche I noticed that we would pass the most wonderful European snake spot I have ever encountered. On face value, it's nothing but the snake density is incredible. D...
by dendrelaphis
October 18th, 2014, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia
Replies: 18
Views: 10689

Re: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing your paper
by dendrelaphis
October 15th, 2014, 9:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia
Replies: 18
Views: 10689

Re: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia

Love the red Coral snake. I myself have never found one in spite of spending a total of one year in SE Asia )-: Seems that you are working on a very interesting Calamaria-issue. Besides fysical factors, will you look at biotic factors (e.g. absence of certain competitors which may be present in area...
by dendrelaphis
October 7th, 2014, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #80: The King and Us
Replies: 33
Views: 10094

Re: Borneo Dispatches #80: The King and Us

Absolutely wonderful Hans. I know exactly how it feels to encounter this magnificant creature. There's simply nothing like it. I will always treasure those memories. I'll be in Ko Chang, Thailand, in May and saw some pictures of a specimen on Koh Chang eating a Python reticulatus. It will be on the ...
by dendrelaphis
October 1st, 2014, 4:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia
Replies: 18
Views: 10689

Re: Asia Adventure 2014 Part 1: West Malaysia

Absolutely wonderful stuff, it makes me want to leave right away. Realy looking forward to the Borneo part!
by dendrelaphis
September 5th, 2014, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes from Selangor.
Replies: 25
Views: 8207

Re: Snakes from Selangor.

absolutely great stuff, amazing pictures. And I particularly love that D. haasi as I described this species with Gernot Vogel (-:
by dendrelaphis
August 19th, 2014, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first Retic, and a touch of blue (Video added)
Replies: 11
Views: 2926

Re: My first Retic, and a touch of blue (Video added)

wonderful, this is one of my favourite snakes, they're so beautiful and impressive. And indeed, juveniles are relatively easy to find but specimens over 2 meters you don't come across very often at all.
by dendrelaphis
August 1st, 2014, 9:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #79: Eleven Reed Snakes In Five Minutes
Replies: 7
Views: 2669

Re: Borneo Dispatches #79: Eleven Reed Snakes In Five Minute

Wow, that's incredible. I also found some dried out specimens over there but never so many. Indeed they're difficult to identify but here's my guess based on my survey of that area:

- Pseudorabdion longiceps
- Calamaria leucogaster
- Calamaria borneensis

(-:
by dendrelaphis
July 30th, 2014, 3:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Borneo
Replies: 10
Views: 3238

Re: Herping Borneo

Hi, I went to Damai Beach Resort (Santubong Peninsula) many times. It's not far from Kuching, Sarawak. There are several good trails starting about 1 km from the resort. They are up to 5 km long. I have spent many, many hours on my own at night on these trails and found 33 snake species. Never encou...
by dendrelaphis
June 27th, 2014, 9:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand, 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7454

Re: Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand, 2014

love it!, really impressive
by dendrelaphis
May 31st, 2014, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida herping, catching up after my FHF absence
Replies: 31
Views: 8000

Re: Florida herping, catching up after my FHF absence

great finds and pictures!
by dendrelaphis
May 26th, 2014, 2:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand, 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7454

Re: Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand, 2014

absolutely wonderful Bungarus! And I know how frustrating it is not to find the red coral snake.....
by dendrelaphis
May 24th, 2014, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Final Thailand 2013 and Summer Plans
Replies: 7
Views: 1880

Re: Final Thailand 2013 and Summer Plans

love that picture of Coelognathus radiata! We're planning a trip to Koh Chang for beginning of next year, really looking foreward to visit Thailand again.
by dendrelaphis
May 15th, 2014, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3382

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

good luck over there, looking forward to seeing what you found!
by dendrelaphis
May 14th, 2014, 1:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3382

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

Well, species may be common in some places and rare in others, that's for sure. I found ONE cat gecko in roughly 400 search hours (!) on the Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak. And I did a lot of nicht searches there.
by dendrelaphis
May 8th, 2014, 11:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3382

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

that certainly is an amazing gecko and they are hard to find! Love that Dryocalamus as well.
by dendrelaphis
May 7th, 2014, 3:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snakes in the Jura, France
Replies: 7
Views: 2942

Re: snakes in the Jura, France

"It would be worse if they stopped the burning."

You have a good point there. And indeed, there were obviously still plenty of snakes around. So next year, if it hasn't been burned, I'll do it myself!
by dendrelaphis
May 2nd, 2014, 11:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snakes in the Jura, France
Replies: 7
Views: 2942

snakes in the Jura, France

Last year, we visited the Jura, France. I was hoping for some snakes but when I saw the landscape I didn't have much hope left: green fields and patches of forest: http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj592/dendrelaphis/IMG_9575_zps4ffb2b6e.jpg There weren't even lizards around. But after a couple of...
by dendrelaphis
April 21st, 2014, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Snake ID, please: Blue Beauty
Replies: 5
Views: 1444

Re: Borneo Snake ID, please: Blue Beauty

yep, P. fuscus
by dendrelaphis
April 3rd, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ^%$#@KingCobra&^%#!grrrrhhhh!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4513

Re: ^%$#@KingCobra&^%#!grrrrhhhh!!!!

Hi Hans, wonderful picture and I know that kind of frustration all too well. But it's what makes herping so edictive..
by dendrelaphis
March 30th, 2014, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: struggle for life: snake eating lizard
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

Re: struggle for life: snake eating lizard

Tioman is simply snake paradise. Such a small Island and it harbours so many species (more than 50 if I'm not mistaken). We've been there many times (but it's been a while now, much to my regret) and we've seen wonderful stuff: Ophiophagus Hannah, Dendrelaphis striatus, Bungarus flaviceps, Ptyas car...
by dendrelaphis
March 30th, 2014, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: struggle for life: snake eating lizard
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

struggle for life: snake eating lizard

We were sitting on a tree trunc on Pulau Tioman (Malaysia) for several minutes before we noticed that, just 2 meters next to us, this was taking place: http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj592/dendrelaphis/F1000014_zps27b55a62.jpg And this violent interaction ironically took place is complete silen...
by dendrelaphis
March 27th, 2014, 10:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rough-necked monitor lizard
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Rough-necked monitor lizard

I always expected such large predators to move through a large area in order to obtain enough food. Perhaps they do, but regularly return to favourite spots.
by dendrelaphis
March 25th, 2014, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rough-necked monitor lizard
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Rough-necked monitor lizard

I suspect that it's the same specimen because I found it in the same tree and it looked very similar but obviously I'm not at all sure about that. I read in some publication that they are in fact not that rare, but I spent (in total) nearly a year in SE Asia and saw only one specimen, they're certai...