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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 7th, 2012, 6:52 am 
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Three pretty snakes I've met over the past ten days:

Reticulated python baby (Python reticulatus), roadcruised one wet night in the mountains. I love the satiny sheen on the scales...and the pink heat sensor pits!

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Painted Mock Viper neonate (Psammodynastes pictus), found by the Unimas herp department staff during a transect through the campus swamp (they got salties and monkeys there, too). First record of this species in a peat swamp. Damn tiny...just five inches or so.

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Another set of the Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea) I was given the other day (first set see here). Different background this time. Can't get enough of this thing!

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 7th, 2012, 8:44 am 
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3 Excellent snakes, love the way retics look...That iridescent sheen on their scales is beautiful and comes across very nicely in your photos. Visually they always remind me of Rainbow boas in south america a little bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 7th, 2012, 8:49 am 
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Kuching getting a bit better now?
On a side note I think thats the first Painted Mock Viper on the forum :)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 7th, 2012, 11:30 am 
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The snakes are beautiful, and your photos of them are incredible!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 9th, 2012, 4:41 am 
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Thanks for the comments, folks!

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Kuching getting a bit better now?

Never been bad :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 10th, 2012, 5:23 pm 
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Very nice set of photos, Hans. All three were very beautiful. You really are having a stellar year with so many interesting finds.

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 10th, 2012, 11:15 pm 
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Thanks, David! Yeah, I just passed the 200 mark this morning - found four snakes in my local forest park. Annual count for 2012 at 203 now (including DORs, though). I'm off for two weeks in Taiwan tomorrow, where I'll bird more than herp, thanks to the atrocious subtropical climate :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 1:17 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
Thanks for the comments, folks!

Ruxs wrote:
Kuching getting a bit better now?

Never been bad :-)

You called it a 'cursed island' I believe and admitted to having a hard time finding snakes in the first few months, plus Kuching doesn't the most diverse range of Bornean Snakes - but maybe that was just jokes :). However, recently every post has contained little gems and you even rediscovered that Mud-Snake, so I thought, if you were originally serious, that it was getting exciting :mrgreen:.
Maybe I just have a mind state that Snakes not found in the south of Thailand are immediately awesome and rare... so things like a Painted Mock Viper appeal more than a Red-Headed Krait. Whatever the case, hurry up with another great post buddy! :beer:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 1:28 am 
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Ruxs wrote:
Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
Thanks for the comments, folks!

Ruxs wrote:
Kuching getting a bit better now?

Never been bad :-)

You called it a 'cursed island'

Oh that...well, let me quote Konrad Adenauer, Germany's legendary post-war chancellor: "Why should I care about the nonsense I said yesterday?" :-) I'm getting more and more content, I have to say. But I'm STILL finding only a fourth of the numbers I used to find in Taiwan!

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Whatever the case, hurry up with another great post buddy! :beer:

Thanks for the continued support! I hope for some freak sunshine in normally rained-out, chilly Taipei, maybe I'll see the odd snake ...


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 6:10 am 
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''Thanks for the continued support! I hope for some freak sunshine in normally rained-out, chilly Taipei, maybe I'll see the odd snake ...''


It's just the way things go in the tropics I guess. You can find 5 Enhydris Plumbea swimming in one puddle up north but for all my searching here I have found 1 DOR Plumbea. Snakes don't always rely on the road for heat and flipping debris is pretty useless (I have flipped one snake ever out of 3 trips to Thailand). Still, you got to admit that it just adds to the excitement of actually finding a snake - especially as it can always be a surprise.
And no, thank you for the continued exotic variety which I love so much :)

P.S I couldn't get the 'quote' thingy to work.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 3:19 pm 
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Stunning post! That retic hurts my eyes!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 8:43 pm 
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thanks, guys! I'm writing this from Kuala Lumpur airport,waiting my transfer to Taiwan, and the WiFi here sucks. Boy, does it suck. Now all I can do for the next 3 hours is do PC maintenance and watch women in burkhas bump their luggage trolleys into the luggage trolleys of half-naked women in flip-flops and ass tattoos... while I'm drinking six-dollar Chai Lattes at Starbucks. I love getting there, but I hate traveling!!

PS: it doesn't help that I feel like a bloody dinosaur with my one-year old, top-of-the-line Toshiba notebook here.NOBODY uses notebooks anymore, everyone is computing mobile...

PPS: sorry for the non-sequitur :-)


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PostPosted: December 11th, 2012, 8:50 pm 
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I'd say they're all completely adorable. Thanks Hans.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 12th, 2012, 2:19 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
thanks, guys! I'm writing this from Kuala Lumpur airport,waiting my transfer to Taiwan, and the WiFi here sucks. Boy, does it suck. Now all I can do for the next 3 hours is do PC maintenance and watch women in burkhas bump their luggage trolleys into the luggage trolleys of half-naked women in flip-flops and ass tattoos... while I'm drinking six-dollar Chai Lattes at Starbucks. I love getting there, but I hate traveling!!

PS: it doesn't help that I feel like a bloody dinosaur with my one-year old, top-of-the-line Toshiba notebook here.NOBODY uses notebooks anymore, everyone is computing mobile...

PPS: sorry for the non-sequitur :-)

Your leaving borneo???????


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 12th, 2012, 7:47 pm 
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Just for a family visit, no worries :)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #62: Three Pretty Little Snakes
PostPosted: December 12th, 2012, 11:11 pm 
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Phew. I'm guessing your wife is in Taiwan?


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