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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 7th, 2012, 5:47 am 
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My son says these eyes look like a kiwi-hued nebula. I think he's right. You can look into the snake's eyes and all the way into outer space...
Coelognathus flavolineatus is easily the snake we log most - day and night, alive and dead. It's not much to look at, just a common racer, but today was the first day that I actually noticed those stunning eyes!
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Sartorially challenged herper. Then again, isn't that in the job description?
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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 1:19 am 
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Great photos, Hans! I'm assuming those are your snakeproof sandals, correct? :lol: I've met several people who herp Texas in flip-flops so you're a leg up on them (pun unintended!).


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 2:09 am 
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Um, yeah. Those are my chain mail sandals :-) I broke through a rotten boardwalk the other day, requiring stitches on the shin, so I can't really wear boots at the moment. I regretted that the night I caught this snake....it was one of those "bite first, look at what you're biting later" specimens.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 2:13 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
it was one of those "bite first, look at what you're biting later" specimens.


In the time-honored tradition of racers the world over. They should've called them "biters", not racers. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 2:31 am 
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Good call! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 5:38 pm 
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Gorgeous racer. Those eyes are indeed quite stunning...much like those of the bug-eyed Coluber we have here in California.

Your posts always take me away from a mundane day into the humid, lush regions of Asia where snakes appear under every log, across every trail, and in every herper's hand....thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 6:20 pm 
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The green in that eye is just incredible!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #53: "Kiwi Nebula" Malayan Racer
PostPosted: October 8th, 2012, 7:08 pm 
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Thanks, all!

Zach_Lim wrote:
the humid, lush regions of Asia where snakes appear under every log, across every trail, and in every herper's hand....

You (and I) wish...see here for the antithesis


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