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by orionmystery
July 29th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: [VIDEO] What is herping?
Replies: 2
Views: 11153

Re: [VIDEO] What is herping?

Hilarious. Loved it.
by orionmystery
July 16th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Tawau
Replies: 2
Views: 9421

Re: Herping in Tawau

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!
by orionmystery
July 15th, 2019, 3:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Tawau
Replies: 2
Views: 9421

Herping in Tawau

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, Ahaetul...
by orionmystery
July 8th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Royal Tree Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 11560

Re: Royal Tree Snake

Heh, no, we didn't not find a single Xenochrophis trianguligerus!!! What we found: day 1: five Psammodynastes pictus day 2: three Ptyas fusca, two Psammodynastes pictus day 3: Ptyas fusca, Psammodynastes pictus, Ahaetulla prasina, Dryocalamus subannulatus, Tropidolaemus subannulatus day 4: 2x Psammo...
by orionmystery
July 7th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Royal Tree Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 11560

Re: Royal Tree Snake

Ha, but I would rather have luck with rare species than with those relatively common species :D Yeah, T. borneensis can be quite hard to spot! I have only seen two myself. I have seen a lot more T. malcolmi (seven?). Yes, we did find a Sabah Pitviper up there. The only species that excited me a litt...
by orionmystery
July 6th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Royal Tree Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 11560

Re: Royal Tree Snake

You're the only herper I know who has seen the Top 3 snakes in Borneo: Xenodermus javanicus, Stoliczkia borneensis, Gonyophis margaritatus. Incredible!!! I herped with Shavez, Chun, Ledumin for 6 nights last week. No luck.
by orionmystery
June 16th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Royal Tree Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 11560

Re: Royal Tree Snake

Still an amazing spot. I am surprised that the snake didn't start its day until 10am???!!! :o
by orionmystery
June 15th, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Borneo
Replies: 4
Views: 9148

Re: Herping Borneo

Stoliczkia borneensis and Xenodermus javanicus! WOW WOW WOW! Dream snakes! Good job.
by orionmystery
June 15th, 2019, 11:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rare Mountain Snakes in Hong Kong
Replies: 12
Views: 15816

Re: Rare Mountain Snakes in Hong Kong

Great shots. That red bamboo is such a stunner! <3
by orionmystery
June 15th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central NSW Australia Herp Survey
Replies: 4
Views: 10072

Re: Central NSW Australia Herp Survey

Great post, Nick. Love those Varanus and Python shots!!!
by orionmystery
April 19th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mentawai Islands, Sumatra
Replies: 0
Views: 10202

Mentawai Islands, Sumatra

I spent about a week herping and chilling in Mentawai Islands, Sumatra a couple of weeks ago. Managed to find the green pitvipers but not Trimeresurus brongersmai. The compulsory pitviper profile shot :D I think this species is being described as we speak, but I am not entirely sure. Some say it's T...
by orionmystery
March 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in Ghana, August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 6908

Re: A week in Ghana, August 2018

Great post, John. I didn't photograph many of what you have posted here :D I couldn't remember why I reached out my arm like that, until I read your caption: watermelon seeds shooting. Of course! Still couldn't believe we lost that chameleon. I still need some chameleons and salamanders in my life!!...
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7042

Re: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

Kurt With Anomochilus and Xenophidion under your belt, there are few remaining conquests. Your post is a great resumé for "Expert Field Man" - others need not apply. Jeff Thanks, Jeff. I still couldn't believe i actually found a Xenophidion! Anomochilus is a lot more common though. I have only seen...
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7042

Re: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

Porter wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 5:25 pm
I dig your style :thumb: Always a pleasure to see. I really like that coil strike pose of the banded, belly display of the striped coral, and dragon wings :beer:
Thank you, Porter.
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 5280

Re: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019

dendrelaphis wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 5:45 am
These pics are amazing as always and the B. flaviceps is breathtaking....
Thanks. Yeah, stunning creature. i was totally stoked when I spotted it!!!
BillMcGighan wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 5:26 am
As always, Kurt. :thumb: :thumb:
Thanks.
Thank you, Bill. Great haul considering that there were only two herpers for the whole trip!
by orionmystery
January 28th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 5280

Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019

Just got back from Sabah, Malaysian Borneo a couple of days ago. Borneo Herp Tour (Sabah), Jan 20 - 26. Highland and lowland forest. Six nights of herping. 19 snakes, 15 species. Two persons. Jan 20 - Calliophis bivirgatus tetrataenia - Tropidolaemus subannulatus - Xenopeltis unicolor - Asthenodipsa...
by orionmystery
January 3rd, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 6398

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

This is so awesome!
by orionmystery
January 3rd, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7042

Re: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

Great post! Question, what differentiates your Xenophidion schaeferi from Xenophidion acanthognathus? Thanks. I think X. acanthognathus only occurs in Borneo? A few Xenophidion have been found the past few years. There was another X. schaeferi found in 2017. Mine was on April 20, 2018. There was al...
by orionmystery
January 3rd, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7042

Re: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

Those finds and shots are incredible. The Xenophidion must have made your heart jump, you might consider publishing that encounter somewhere. When you say "lowland forest of sarawak", where in Sarawak was that? Thanks. I was so stoked even weeks after the find!!! :D Mainly just the national parks o...
by orionmystery
January 2nd, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7042

Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

It is that time of the year to round up some of my favorite images taken in the year of 2018. Again, lots of herps (amphibians, reptiles) this year. Mostly with a wide angle lens and/or a 60mm macro lens. Here are just eight of them. More of them here: http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2019/01/favori...
by orionmystery
August 5th, 2018, 1:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley
Replies: 14
Views: 14992

Re: Back to Borneo, part 5 of 5: Danum Valley

Nice one, John. I had forgotten that you proceeded to Danum after Kota Kinabalu!

Although the herping hours were limited, you still managed to find a few lifer species (to me). I still haven't found any Aphaniotis ornata nor Ptychozoon horsfieldii!
by orionmystery
August 2nd, 2018, 10:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah
Replies: 9
Views: 11137

Re: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah

Oops...first to comment again :D

Impressive frogs and lizards ID skill!

That leaf mimic grasshopper is Systella sp.
by orionmystery
August 2nd, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 4: Highlands of Sabah
Replies: 6
Views: 6228

Re: Back to Borneo, part 4: Highlands of Sabah

Excellent post again, John.

I wasn't aware of Cyrtodactylus matsuii until I read your post! :D

Gotta find a Eulophophyllum the next time I am there!
by orionmystery
August 1st, 2018, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching
Replies: 9
Views: 7678

Re: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching

Thanks Kurt! I have a 2005 article by Das about Cyrtodactylus in Borneo in a now-defunct journal/magazine called Gekko. I couldn't find a digital copy. It's got some pretty good info about the different species. C. ingeri , yet another of the similar-looking Cyrtodactylus species, is/(was?) known o...
by orionmystery
August 1st, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park
Replies: 12
Views: 9535

Re: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park

Wonderful post, John.

I missed that Rhacophorus cyanopunctatus! Oops :D

The biggest I saw was Limnonectes leporinus in MNP.

Four nights, i think! We didn't see any Tarsier on the first night! One on the second night, another on third night, and TWO on the fourth night!
by orionmystery
July 31st, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching
Replies: 9
Views: 7678

Re: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching

Great post, John. You have no idea how green with envy I was with your Gonocephalus doriae, Calliophis bivirgatus and Trimeresurus borneensis finds :D. Luckily, I managed to find them during my recent trips to Borneo!!! Great job ID'ing all those animals too. How do we differentiate between C. inger...
by orionmystery
July 31st, 2018, 2:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

DanW wrote:Very cool, great variety of herps and awesome shots as usual.

Dan
Thank you, Dan :)
by orionmystery
July 29th, 2018, 11:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

BillMcGighan wrote:As always... first class
Thanks for posting
Thanks, Bill :)
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

Paul Freed wrote:Spectacular, simply spectacular! Amazing photography of amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing, Kurt.

Paul
Thank you, Paul :)
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 5508

Re: Sulawesi 2018

Nice! Not been to Sulawesi yet even though it's not that far from KL. Tempted to go find the Tropidolaemus laticinctus!
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 5:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

Ptyas fusca https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36729971_666692487001516_6268867091953090560_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=9a39c73dbfc564ea201e306513e7a894&oe=5BC79BA5 https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36748400_666692517001513_3293173849314557952_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=b10ff21e54582e501...
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)

https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36728095_666692890334809_1731611748663820288_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=9d792d9de9c58141c6f498f75ec243d1&oe=5BDEE128 https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36605069_666692217001543_7228679144580579328_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=38d0f1fbc1f030f63c21167b54fd...
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

Megophrys nasuta https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36692119_666692637001501_8806352487897366528_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=16ea2b9248c0e2af4c8fe84100b64b13&oe=5BC61C63 Cyrtodactylus malayanus, juve https://scontent.fkul13-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36681161_666692263668205_2432654014572134400_n...
by orionmystery
July 27th, 2018, 5:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6299

Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)

Borneo Herp Tour June/July 2018. 6 nights of herping in Sabah, both lowland and highland, followed by another 4nights in Sarawak. I didn't photograph all of the finds but here is the species list: Species List: SNAKES: Sabah - 1x Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) - 2x Sumatran Pitviper (Trimeresur...
by orionmystery
January 4th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Images of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6615

Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Right. We get different amount of rain for different part of Peninsular Malaysia, but generally, the wet months are Nov, Dec, and May. I hope you'll be back herping again soon! Thanks for looking and commenting, Jimi, SidNeilson, Jeroen, Justi. Jimi - as long as it's not too dry, it's good. Nov and ...
by orionmystery
January 4th, 2018, 3:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Images of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6615

Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Thanks for looking and commenting, Jimi, SidNeilson, Jeroen, Justi. SidNeilson - but I have only been herping for 4 years!!! :P Jimi - as long as it's not too dry, it's good. Nov and Dec are good if you don't mind too much rain. No, snakes are not easy to find! If i can find 3 a night, I am happy! J...
by orionmystery
January 2nd, 2018, 3:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!
Replies: 9
Views: 8470

Re: 2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!

Great images! Those milk snakes are gorgeous!!!
by orionmystery
January 1st, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 Recap Video
Replies: 2
Views: 2336

Re: 2017 Recap Video

Very nice Lou. 2017 has been great to you! Happy New Year!
by orionmystery
January 1st, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Images of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6615

Favorite Images of 2017

One of the coolest herps from the Nov 2017 Borneo Herp Tour: Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps baluensis). Extremely shy too! https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4688/39024282271_e302de462d_b.jpg Bungarus flaviceps baluensis_MG_9123 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G , on Flickr Cute lil Three-banded Bridl...
by orionmystery
December 14th, 2017, 6:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 recap
Replies: 18
Views: 8291

Re: 2017 recap

Excellent set! Those horned lizards are too awesome!
by orionmystery
May 19th, 2017, 12:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8891

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

Pretty good herp haul there, John. I must check out Santubong too :D, and the tree house!

Could that katydid be a Scambophyllum?
by orionmystery
May 19th, 2017, 12:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 9759

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

You already knew what happened to my recent trip there! :x :x :x sob sob sob. What's that? Something other herpers should be vigilant for...? 1st night - Summit trail up to the frog pond and back - no snake!!! 2nd night - one Xenopeltis unicolor. Didn't even take pic of it. 3rd night - one Calamari...
by orionmystery
May 17th, 2017, 6:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 9759

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Awesome herp haul at Kubah, John.

You already knew what happened to my recent trip there! :x :x :x sob sob sob.
by orionmystery
March 16th, 2017, 11:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 3: Genting Highlands (and more lowlands)
Replies: 2
Views: 2349

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 3: Genting Highlands (and more lowla

Another great post, John. Good eyes for spotting that well camouflaged viserion! That Leptophryne borbonica was a cool find too! Too bad I didn't take any pics of it :D
by orionmystery
March 10th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 8969

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Wonderful post again, John. That lovely, friendly, short-tailed dog is Betty. She rarely follows me lately, but the friendliest of them all, Bobby, never fails to follow me whenever I am there!

Jeroen - the real flyer is actually relatively easier to find!
by orionmystery
March 8th, 2017, 1:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 11304

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Thanks for the kind words, John, Paul. :oops:

Excellent write-up as always, John!
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vipers of 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 6272

Re: Vipers of 2016

Wonderful shots, Thor. Still don't have some of the Malaysian vipers you posted! :D
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4677

Re: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016

Great post! So many awesome herps, especially love the feeding shots! I hope to herp in Taiwan some day!
by orionmystery
February 12th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kubah national park -Sarawak
Replies: 11
Views: 7366

Re: Kubah national park -Sarawak

Great post. That's a lot of herps! Reminds me to make my long overdue first visit to Kubah :D

Yes, that Dendrelaphis is D. caudolieantus.

Also, that viper is T. subannulatus, not wagleri. You don't get T. wagleri in Borneo.

I think that cat gecko is A. dorsalis, or maybe A. cf. dorsalis.