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 Post subject: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 6:06 am 

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Parias hageni

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Gonyosoma oxycephalum

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Pareas carinatus

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Calloselasma rhodostoma

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Tropidolaemus wagleri

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Tropidolaemus wagleri

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Popeia fucata

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Orthriohis taenuirus

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Lycodon laoensis DOR

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Pareas margaritophorus

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Maticora intestinalis

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Maticora bivirgata

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Maticora intestinalis

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Xenopeltis unicolor

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Xenopeltis unicolor juvenile

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Boiga cynodon

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Boiga drapiezii

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Ramphotyphlops braminus

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Ahaetulla mycterizans

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Naja kouthia (DOR)

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Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus

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Calamaria pavimentata

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Bungarus candidus

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Lycodon subcinctus

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Lycodon subcinctus

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Xenochrophis flavipunctatus


More pictures on : https://picasaweb.google.com/1083497974 ... laysia2012

Greetings,

Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 6:38 am 
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I almost fell out of my seat on this post. The wow factor of these snakes is making me crazy. Do you have habitat shots for the Xenopeltis? I love this species and have tried unsuccessfully to keep them twice. I would love to see how they live.


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PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 7:50 am 

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That might be the coolest thing I have ever seen. Great post!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 8:26 am 
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I concur with both replies. I did have a question about two species you showed twice, and the differences in color/pattern. Tropidolaemus wagleri and Maticora intestinalis. I was wondering if these are location, age, sex, or some other variance, as I have only seen Wagler's in zoo type collections, and only seen Maticora sp. in books and online.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 10:32 am 
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Great shots.

Maticora bivirgata - Bloody Hell!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 11:54 am 

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AndyO'Connor wrote:
. I did have a question about two species you showed twice, and the differences in color/pattern. Tropidolaemus wagleri and Maticora intestinalis. I was wondering if these are location, age, sex, or some other variance, as I have only seen Wagler's in zoo type collections, and only seen Maticora sp. in books and online.


One (the yellow one) T.wagleri is an adult female, the other is a subadult animal.
The Maticora's variance is photorelated. One was flipped in daytime (so no flash) the other was found at night in the jungle (with flash and extra light)

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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 12:14 pm 

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Do you have habitat shots for the Xenopeltis? I love this species and have tried unsuccessfully to keep them twice. I would love to see how they live.


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We found several over de last 4 years. All of them were in dry habitat with a a sandy soil and 50% or less shadow.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 1:06 pm 
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hat's interesting about the Xenopeltis, maybe people are keeping them TOO moist in captivity over here, because the ones I've seen in captivity were treated as swamp/rice patty type snakes and had dripping wet sphagnum moss as the main substrate. Just throwing it out there though, I'm not sure.

Thanks for clarifying about my previous questions.


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PostPosted: June 30th, 2012, 9:12 pm 
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Peter,

I loved all the shots. The Blue Malay Coral, though, was the standout to me. It is such a spectacular species and I think one of the prettiest of the elapids. What was its temperment? Was it one that thrashed about like the kraits or was it more subdued in behaviour? The little coral was very nice as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 1st, 2012, 8:02 am 
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Fantastic Peter! The Blue Malayan Coral and the L. subcinctus are awesome! How long of time were you in Malaysia to collect such an array of serpents? Did you get any defensive posture photos of the Coral (shots of its bright belly)?

Andy - I haven't kept xenopeltis, but I have heard that keeping them in mostly dry soil (where they can burrow) with some misting and providing them with a humidity hide (moist sphagnum) can work well. This is something I had heard from a keeper a few years ago so I'm not 100% sure on its success.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 2nd, 2012, 11:39 am 

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How long of time were you in Malaysia to collect such an array of serpents?

I was in Malaysia for 20 days.

Peter


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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2012, 2:41 pm 
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STUNNING...simply STUNNING!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 6th, 2012, 9:52 am 
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I can't think of an appropriate comment for this post - but I can't just look at this and then move on with out saying something!

Although I've had my successes in Malaysia, it is easy to get disheartened as I'm mainly limited to 'rescues' and DORs ... but this post makes me want to put my jungle boots and get back out there!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 11th, 2012, 2:58 am 

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A very inspiring post!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 13th, 2012, 10:59 am 
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I need a trip! Great post and wow--you found some absolutely stunning snakes--Congrats!

Cameron


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 13th, 2012, 11:24 am 

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20 days for all those? sheesh almighty
fantastic go!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 13th, 2012, 7:08 pm 
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Nice pic of the blue Malaysian coral! One of my favorite species!


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 13th, 2012, 7:31 pm 
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Quite awesome! How many people were you? Did you do a survey? Your gear seems very professional - ladders, gloves and such....And where exactly in Malaysia were you?

Very interesting the juvenile Xenopeltis. Didn't realize they had white heads!


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PostPosted: July 18th, 2012, 7:57 pm 

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Wow, as others have said, a very inspiring post!!!! So many snakes for 20 days. I ain't sure how you did it, but I know that I'm gonna hit it. Today I'll begin the most extreme herping I've ever done.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 18th, 2012, 8:07 pm 

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Also, a comment on x. unicolor. I've seen this snake 2 times I think.... 1 was alive, the other a recent DOR. On both occasions they were found in a field (one in the field, the other on the road next to a field). Although both areas were in proximity to water, the areas where they were found were not excessively wet. The first time I found this snake was about 8 years ago (I was 11). I only saw about 2 inches of the snake above the ground (mid body). The head and tail were both buried. What I can tell you is that these animals move through clay (relatively moist but 'hard' soil) like a sand fish through a desert. They just move, and quickly, so dripping wet spaghnum moss seems very unnecesarry. They can however often be found close to water. Why? Maybe they just prefer grassy habitats. These tend to occur in rural areas (as others said, rice paddies etc.). These rural areas tend to have a lot of water. Maybe thats why, who knows?


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2012, 6:27 am 

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jswingchun wrote:
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That might be the coolest thing I have ever seen. Great post!



Truely the most beautiful snake on the planet :P

Nice post, I am please to say that I keep 2 of the species you photographed, its so nice to see them in the wild :thumb:


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2012, 11:11 am 

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Very nice post.
I agree that blue snake is amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaysia 2012; now with pics. (THe snakes)
PostPosted: July 29th, 2012, 10:48 am 
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Great post.

I have found Xenopeltis DOR in rice padi areas in Indonesia.

I had never noticed the similarity between Maticora intestinalis and Oligodon octolineatus. Are they sympatric anywhere? That would make you have to think twice before picking up a pretty little Kukri snake!


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PostPosted: July 30th, 2012, 5:18 am 
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chrish wrote:
I had never noticed the similarity between Maticora intestinalis and Oligodon octolineatus. Are they sympatric anywhere?

Borneo, for one.


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