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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 4:30 am 
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Here's a mixed bunch of critters we found over the past two weeks.

Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon), possibly melanistic. Usually they're mostly tan. This one was the only snake currently in our care that I didn't bring to my public talk at the Sarawak Biodiversity Center last Friday. Very bitey, and while it's a rear-fanged animal, like all Boigas, the large front fangs after which the snake is named are much more worrying than the rear ones.
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Karl Twoton, loving every minute of his visit in Sarawak...
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White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapezii), reddish variety (there's also a green one). Very gentle animal; the only thing it ever attacked was my softbox. Probably too bright for its nocturnal tastes.
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Paradise Flying Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi), baby. The first one we've ever found, although they're supposed to be quite common. All I know now is that they display the same annoying cranked-on-meth behavior as all other arboreal lizard hunters. That thing was a &^%$#@! to photograph...
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Sunda Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang), doing his thing on the tightrope. Initially there were two of them, possibly trying to grab some nookie, as they're usually solitary. But one of them took off in a hurry, while the second one missed the exit off the telephone line and kept marching to and fro between two poles. Our always ingenious son Karl tried to feed the beast a banana via a pair of Gentle Giant tongs, but to no avail. After an entire year of NoLoris, these two SloLoris brought our tally to three within four days (the first one was seen here). I only wish I had remembered that I had the 300mm lens in the bag...grrrhh.

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 8:18 am 
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Nice stuff again, Hans and congrats on the lifer.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 2:21 pm 
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Beautiful snakes Hans! That first Boiga is really stunning and the second reminds me A LOT of the Immantodes from Central and South America!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 7:12 pm 
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Great stuff Hans, I would love to see a wild loris!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 7:41 pm 

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Awesome as always, Hans!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 15th, 2012, 8:25 pm 
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Thanks, guys! How big are Imantoides? The drapezii shown here was about four feet and change.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 16th, 2012, 6:30 pm 
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Great finds Hans!

Some really nice shots in this bunch. Love the slow loris too, they're such neat animals!

I'm with Dr. Dark here, the B. drapiezi does resemble Imantodes ssp a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 17th, 2012, 5:45 pm 
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That's a lot of bug eyes there!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #48: Flying Boigas, Spotted Loris
PostPosted: August 17th, 2012, 7:27 pm 
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Great post. Thanks for posting!

Warren, dreaming of SE Asia @ 8°C in the Canadian summer ...


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