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China 2012 photo teaser

Post by Kevin Messenger » August 6th, 2012, 10:56 am

China 2012 teaser

So things worked out this year that let me return to China. I came over in late May, and won’t return to the states until October 1st essentially. Lots of great things, lots of stories, too much to do for the time being of course, so I thought I’d throw out some highlights (pictures) with essentially no narrative at this point. All of that will come way later on as it typically takes me awhile. Anyway, here are some of the cooler finds (one in particular – it shouldn’t be hard to figure out – was a lifelong dream come true):

Sinomicrurus kelloggii
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Sinomicrurus macclellandi
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Azemiops feae
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Ophiophagus hannah
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Python molurus bivittatus
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Goniurosaurus hainanensis
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Boiga multomaculata
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Gekko gecko
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Tylototriton hainanensis
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Paramesotriton hongkongensis
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Amolops hainanensis
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Haplopelma hainanum

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Well that’s it for the little photo introduction. Plenty of other species (I’m at 85 right now) to come later on. Hopefully Taiwan, another trip to HK, and a trip to Thailand produce many more!

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Post by jimoo742 » August 6th, 2012, 11:15 am

Good god

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Post by Mike VanValen » August 6th, 2012, 11:39 am

This is the teaser? :shock: Congrats on the King.

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Post by mikem » August 6th, 2012, 11:50 am

So many great shots... I want to comment on them individually, haha! Nice king :thumb:

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Post by Rags » August 6th, 2012, 11:58 am

Every time I check out this forum I am blown away by the quality of the posts. There always seems to be something amazing to read.

The photos in this thread are just top notch. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Rags.

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Post by Warren » August 6th, 2012, 2:42 pm

Awesome post!
Love the format: pictures and names. Pure field herping.
Makes me want to go back to Hong Kong right now and find a king.

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Re: China 2012 photo teaser

Post by Don » August 6th, 2012, 3:10 pm

The king is awesome! How was the pucker factor when you snatched it up? I believe I'd have been a bit trepidacious.

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Post by Tamara D. McConnell » August 6th, 2012, 3:41 pm

Great photos of other-worldly beautiful creatures. Looking forward to more.

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Post by Dave S » August 6th, 2012, 3:58 pm

Teaser :shock: ????????? Can't wait for the full report!!!!!
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Post by kkchome » August 6th, 2012, 4:05 pm

Great photos! Nice!

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Post by condyle » August 6th, 2012, 4:30 pm

Nice. Thanks!

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Post by Mike Pingleton » August 6th, 2012, 5:38 pm

Thunderation! I'm speechless!

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Post by Ben » August 6th, 2012, 5:45 pm

Wow! Definitely some incredible species, and it's only the teaser!! Great post!

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » August 6th, 2012, 6:38 pm

Kevin Messenger, Herper King extraordinaire. Those Goniurosaurus hainanensis are almost as cute as newborn sea turtles!

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Post by Kevin Messenger » August 7th, 2012, 12:28 am

Thanks for the comments everyone. The trip has been great.

Don, the pucker factor was definitely extreme. It has been a long time since a snake has created such adrenaline and nerves. None of us wanted to grab it, but we were running out of time, so we had no choice - and pinning that animal was extremely nerve racking!

Warren - it's not quite that easy as going back to HK and just finding a king. I have several friends that have lived in HK for a number of years and none have seen one (combined years of around 50) - so we were quite lucky to have found one and I doubt I will ever repeat such luck.

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Post by Bold Cub » August 7th, 2012, 5:21 am

Awesome!

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Post by monklet » August 7th, 2012, 9:18 am

Very, very thrilling stuff Kevin.

Gotta ask though, what's up with the head on the Fea's Viper???

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Post by heavenscloud » August 7th, 2012, 10:43 am

jimoo742 wrote:Good god
This.


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Post by Kevin Messenger » August 7th, 2012, 11:02 am

The Azemiops was hit by a car the night before. I found it the next morning... super depressing. This is the 3rd specimen that I have found that was within a day of being killed

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Post by umop apisdn » August 7th, 2012, 11:11 am

Kevin, you need to learn the difference between a teaser and a spoiler!

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Post by Kevin Messenger » August 7th, 2012, 11:19 am

at the beginning of the post, I did say "highlights"

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Post by Nshepard » August 7th, 2012, 5:37 pm

Looks like another fantastic summer Kev dawg! Hope it continues to be as great as this teaser has shown. FYI, Ross got a king also.

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Post by Dalton Lund » August 7th, 2012, 5:53 pm

Very jealous, awesome photos and animals. Congrats on your king, it's a beauty.

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Post by [email protected] » August 7th, 2012, 9:03 pm

I am blown away by some of these. Awesome!

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Post by TimCO » August 8th, 2012, 8:06 am

This is, in scientific parlance, a tasty burger.

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Post by MaartenSFS » August 9th, 2012, 4:04 am

I wish I could have been there.. Ophiophagus has been number one on my list as well... =S I was honestly shocked that you found one in only two trips to HK. This year has been bad for herping (for me). Instead, I got this:
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Happy hunting, Kevin!

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » August 9th, 2012, 4:06 am

ALRIGHT! Congratulations, Maarten!!

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Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » August 9th, 2012, 4:53 am

Enchanting critters once more... :thumb:

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Post by MaartenSFS » August 9th, 2012, 6:17 am

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:ALRIGHT! Congratulations, Maarten!!
Thank you, Hans. I too now have a minion. :twisted:

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Post by mikemike » August 9th, 2012, 1:31 pm

Good stuff, Kevin. Looking forward to seeing more!

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Post by Matt Cage » August 9th, 2012, 1:58 pm

Wow.....................incredible! That Sinomicrurus macclellandi really cool and the Azemiops feae is absolutely insane. and the cobra? I'm in a bit of overload! I think Hong Kong just moved up on my "need to visit" list. Great shots, can't wait to hear the rest of the stories!

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Post by DavidG » August 9th, 2012, 7:43 pm

Wow Maarten, Gefeliciteerd!!!!! Now you have a new addition to the family to help you in your herping adventures sometime in the future :thumb: !

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Post by narrowfellow » August 30th, 2012, 7:15 am

Don't know how I missed this post, Kevin. Great stuff. I'm fond of the Boiga, of course. My son saw the pictures and now wants me to get him a Goniurosaurus.
How's the moon paper coming?

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Post by Kevin Messenger » August 30th, 2012, 8:55 am

lol. The moon paper is finished except for the one stats hurdle Bjorn has put me through! I'm going to pass it on to my professor (has a MS in stats) and see if he can assist me. I know nothing about R, which is what Bjorn recommends I use.

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Post by MaartenSFS » September 3rd, 2012, 5:14 pm

DavidG wrote:Wow Maarten, Gefeliciteerd!!!!! Now you have a new addition to the family to help you in your herping adventures sometime in the future :thumb: !
Dankjewel! I'm glad that I'll eventually have someone to help out, yes. I found a lot of cool places this year, but didn't herp much because who wants to herp alone at night when they have to drive home 3.5 hours.. =S

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