Herping in Tawau

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Herping in Tawau

Post by orionmystery » July 15th, 2019, 3:23 am

So i went on a 6 night herping trip with friends from 1StopBorneo: Shaveez and Chun. 3 nights at the lowland, followed by another 3 nights at the hill.

1st night: five Psammodynastes pictus 2nd night: three Ptyas fusca, two Psammodynastes pictus 3rd night: Ptyas fusca, Psammodynastes pictus, Ahaetulla prasina, Dryocalamus subannulatus, Tropidolaemus subannulatus 4th night: 2x Psammodynastes pulverulentus, Megophrys edwardinae 5th night: Trimeresurus sabahi, Sabahphrynus maculatus 6th night: Ahaetulla prasina

Many Painted Mock Vipers (Psammodynastes pictus). They come in a few different color forms so it was fun trying to find as many forms as possible.
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P. pictus
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Another P. pictus
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Another P. pictus
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Malayan Bridle Snake (Dryocalamus/Lycodon subannulatus)
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Hose's Bush Frog (Philautus hosii)
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Danum Bush Frog (Philautus disgregus?.).
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Macroxiphus sp.?
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Heteropoda javana or Thelcticophis orichalcea?
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Vampire Crab (Geosesarma sp.?)
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Leaf-mimicking Grasshopper (Trigonopteryx sp.)
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Spotted Stream Frog (Pulchrana picturata)
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Great Gliding Lizard (Draco maximus.)
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Psammodynastes pictus, again.
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Longhorn Beetle that flew to the light at night. Aegosoma sp.?
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Yoshi's Bow-fingered Gecko (Cyrtodactylus yoshii)
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Painted Mock Viper (Psammodynastes pictus)
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Ornate Earless Agama (Aphaniotis ornata)
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Dark-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates macrotis)
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Heteropoda javana or Thelcticophis orichalcea?
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More Painted Mock Viper (Psammodynastes pictus). In-situ shot.
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Male Bornean Keeled Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus) with something on its jaw. See the next time to find out what thoes are!
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Male Bornean Keeled Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus) with ant heads on its jaw!
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Male Sabah Pit Viper (Trimeresurus sabahi)
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Edwardine's Horn Frog (Megophrys edwardinae)
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Golden-legged Bush Frog (Philautus aurantium)
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Should be easy to spot it!
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Sticky Frog (Kalophrynus sp.)
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Malayan Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta)
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Common Mock Viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus)
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Cross Toad (Lepthophryne bornbonica)
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Either Leptobrachium hendricksoni or L. abbotti. I didn't check the eye colors so I couldn't tell for sure.
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Sabah Earless Toad (Sabahphrynus maculatus)
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Blacklipped Eyebrow Lizard (Phoxophrys nigrilabris)
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Re: Herping in Tawau

Post by Mark » July 16th, 2019, 7:37 am

Nice finds and great pics! That Edwardine’s Horned Frog is definitely a species I never saw during my time in Tawau, a beauty.

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Re: Herping in Tawau

Post by orionmystery » July 16th, 2019, 10:56 pm

Thanks, Mark. Not much luck with snakes but at least I got a couple of nice frogs - M. edwardinae and Sabahphrynus maculatus. I'll need to go back there again!

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