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by Ribbit
May 22nd, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

The final part, the notorious Part 7, is now posted: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24346
by Ribbit
May 22nd, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

Hans, you must learn to pay more attention to the wonderful lizards of your area! I mean really, what are snakes but one of the several groups of legless lizards? The legged lizards are no less deserving of your respect and attention. dendrelaphis, thanks! I love reading posts that bring back memori...
by Ribbit
May 22nd, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending
Replies: 16
Views: 9918

Malaysia 2017, part 7: Bako, or, the Surprise Ending

This is the final part of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! Part 2 featured some dogs, a trilobite, and a python! Part 3 featured a freshly described lizard, cool geckos, and a rescue viper! Part 4 feat...
by Ribbit
May 19th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

I've now ordered a copy of that Gekko journal via HerpDigest. I look forward to seeing if it helps clear up the Bornean Cyrtodactylus situation.

John
by Ribbit
May 19th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

Thanks Ray. I've had trouble finding good info about Cyrtodactylus in Borneo. Indraneil Das wrote an article about Bornean Cyrtodactylus in the now-defunct Gekko journal in 2005, which is relatively modern, but I haven't been able to track down a copy. And probably several new species have been disc...
by Ribbit
May 19th, 2017, 5:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

Thanks Kurt!

Great ID on that katydid! It looks very much like a younger version of this one from Kubah that Ch'ien Lee photographed.

John
by Ribbit
May 18th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 8897

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Part 6 is now posted here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24340
by Ribbit
May 18th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula
Replies: 12
Views: 8031

Malaysia 2017, part 6: The Santubong Peninsula

This is part 6 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! Part 2 featured some dogs, a trilobite, and a python! Part 3 featured a freshly described lizard, cool geckos, and a rescue viper! Part 4 featured spi...
by Ribbit
May 17th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 8897

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Thanks Kurt!

Not to worry Jeroen, Kurt only found one lifer species and had been hoping for more. He had bad luck for a change!

John
by Ribbit
May 17th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

Thanks Ray -- I think you're right about the spider. Somewhere I had written down "Nilus" for this photo, but I think that was after I posted it here (probably Kurt told me that, but I can't find the mention right now). Nilus albocinctus sure looks like a perfect match.

John
by Ribbit
May 17th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6083

Re: Malaysia 2017.

Thanks John. The article does indeed list H.davidbowie as found in Sabah. I have also found a reference to it being found in Brunei. Now I've just got to convince myself it's not Thelctiopis modesta. Is it me or are spiders confusing? I found a few online references that claim that T. modesta is th...
by Ribbit
May 17th, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6083

Re: Malaysia 2017.

I don't know about the hairiness. The online photos of H. davidbowie vary quite a bit in hair length. Of course, they might not all be identified correctly.

John
by Ribbit
May 17th, 2017, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6083

Re: Malaysia 2017.

I did hope the orange spider at Kubah may be 'davidbowie' but from what I could see the distribution was wrong. Some sources report it as being a West Malaysian species? My understanding is that it was described from a specimen in Cameron Highlands but is now considered to be widespread. For exampl...
by Ribbit
May 16th, 2017, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6083

Re: Malaysia 2017.

What a wonderful trip down recent-memory lane. I'm in the middle of writing up my Malaysia trip from Jan/Feb of this year, but obviously I'm far slower than you. We went to many of the same places, and saw many of the same animals. It sounds like your weather might have been somewhat less rainy than...
by Ribbit
May 12th, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 4593

Re: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017

Love it! I feel like I was there, and it was great, believe me.

John
by Ribbit
April 9th, 2017, 6:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 5287

Re: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA

And you supposedly work, also? What an incredible year!

John
by Ribbit
April 9th, 2017, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 6038

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Thanks Ameron! I am not patient enough to get many photos of birds, but I definitely enjoy all of the wildlife (and the weirder the better).

John
by Ribbit
April 9th, 2017, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 8897

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Thanks guys! Malaysia is full of amazing herps to be sure. None of them quite rival the amazingness of the Thorny Devil to me, but that's an awfully high bar.

John
by Ribbit
April 4th, 2017, 5:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 6038

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Part 5 has been posted now: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24244
by Ribbit
April 4th, 2017, 5:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 8897

Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

This is part 5 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! Part 2 featured some dogs, a trilobite, and a python! Part 3 featured a freshly described lizard, cool geckos, and a rescue viper! Part 4 featured spi...
by Ribbit
March 20th, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 6038

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Thanks numpty! I'm working on the next installment, which will be frog-heavy.

John
by Ribbit
March 16th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 6038

Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

This is part 4 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! Part 2 featured some dogs, a trilobite, and a python! Part 3 featured a freshly described lizard, cool geckos, and a rescue viper! My final spot with ...
by Ribbit
March 15th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 7698

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Thanks Nick and Jim! I'm working on the next installment now...
by Ribbit
March 13th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 7698

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Betty was a very sweet dog. May she live to follow many a park visitor.

Part 3 has now been posted: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24195
by Ribbit
March 13th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 3: Genting Highlands (and more lowlands)
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Malaysia 2017, part 3: Genting Highlands (and more lowlands)

This is part 3 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! Part 2 featured some dogs, a trilobite, and a python! After the two nights of lowlands close to Kuala Lumpur, our next destination was a little farthe...
by Ribbit
March 9th, 2017, 6:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 7698

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

dwakefield: Thanks! It was definitely an incredible moment when Kurt called out "python!" and I saw what he was wrangling. mothman: Thanks! Kurt and I also discussed Basiliscus plumifrons . That species would fit right in with the various crazily-crested SE Asian agamids. I was really hoping for a f...
by Ribbit
March 8th, 2017, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 7698

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Thanks Jeroen! I guess that makes you the poor man?
by Ribbit
March 7th, 2017, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

numpty: I'm with you; I value weirdness in any kind of animal. Weird colors, weird shapes, and weird behaviors all earn points in my book. dwakefield: I was floored by the beauty of that viper. More arboreal vipers to come! Jeroen: Yours was one of the many accounts I devoured to psych myself up for...
by Ribbit
March 7th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 7698

Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

This is part 2 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Part 1 featured 22 lifers out of 23 herps! You'd think I should have been tired after arriving back at my Kuala Lumpur hotel at 4:30am following a long night of herping with Kurt "Orion Mystery...
by Ribbit
March 6th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

dendrelaphis: Thanks! I love those extra long and thin arboreal snakes. Very similar in lifestyle and shape to Imantodes from Central/South America.

Paul: I heard from Kurt yesterday that he was only with you guys for one night. He found an Ovophis shortly thereafter, and so did you. Nice!
by Ribbit
March 5th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

Paul: And oh yes, he is an amazing photographer. He told me that I have a better photo of one particular lizard species than he does, so my life's work has been accomplished and I never need to take another photograph. (I don't really believe him though.) (I tried to edit my previous post just after...
by Ribbit
March 5th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

Thanks everyone! Neiloss: I loved the Rhacophorus norhayatii also. That was a species I had never heard of before that night. Three more Rhacophorus species to come in future installments, I promise! Jimi: There will be plenty more bugs, no worries there. I'll toss in a few habitat/landscape shots i...
by Ribbit
March 4th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 9978

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

Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers This is part 1 of a 7-part account of my trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in January/February, 2017. Other than one boat-based trip from Bali to Komodo, I had never been to Asia. I have long wanted to visit Borneo, and Hans Breuer's Born...
by Ribbit
February 17th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: MADAGASCAR PART 1
Replies: 4
Views: 2973

Re: MADAGASCAR PART 1

I missed this most excellent post because I was off herping in Malaysia (pretty good excuse). These photos are fantastic (phantasticus!), especially the ones that really show the animals blending into their environments, though the Phelsuma lineata next to the lightbulb is also an amazing shot. I ho...
by Ribbit
February 13th, 2017, 9:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kubah national park -Sarawak
Replies: 11
Views: 7041

Re: Kubah national park -Sarawak

Just to close the loop I started two comments ago... I sent my photo of the dark Kalophrynus to Alexander Haas, a herp researcher who is an expert in Borneo frogs (at least). He said that it was one of the two common species of Kalophrynus in Kubah, but the taxonomy of this genus is all messed up at...
by Ribbit
February 11th, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kubah national park -Sarawak
Replies: 11
Views: 7041

Re: Kubah national park -Sarawak

I read this post several times before my recent visit to the area, and now that I'm back I read it again for nostalgia. Great stuff! I don't think I saw quite as many different species as you guys but Kubah was definitely amazing. I agree that the Dendrelaphis looks like D. caudolineatus . I think t...
by Ribbit
January 9th, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre
Replies: 9
Views: 3949

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre

Obviously it's impossible to tell, but I think even from that distance you'd probably be able to see a hint of the prominent reticulations on a Perentie, especially if it were a young one. So to prevent you from feeling bad, let's call it V. gouldii.

John
by Ribbit
January 8th, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre
Replies: 9
Views: 3949

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre

I love finding unexpected animals when examining photos later! That's gotta be a monitor lizard, with that long face. We could just call it a Perentie and see if anyone objected...

John
by Ribbit
January 7th, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre
Replies: 9
Views: 3949

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 2 The Red Centre

You found your thorny devil, hooray! The first one I saw was just as prone to meandering off as yours. Your photos are far better than mine though -- I would not guess that yours was uncooperative based on the photos. It looks like the big sculptures on the Oodnadatta Track have been spruced up a li...
by Ribbit
January 5th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 12784

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

Thanks Will. You would love all the collared-lizard-reminiscent dragons out there!

John
by Ribbit
January 4th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 12784

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

No reason to be worried about correcting my IDs -- I am always happy to hear about corrections! I'm sure you're right about the "Western Gray Kangaroo". I did a bunch of Internet "research" but still was very unsure. I didn't know that it was the male Emus leading around the young, very interesting!...
by Ribbit
January 3rd, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar 16
Replies: 11
Views: 4670

Re: Madagascar 16

Wonderful photos, one and all. I hope you got to hear the Indris calling.

John
by Ribbit
January 3rd, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Australia Herping Part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1527

Re: South Australia Herping Part 1

Soooo many lizards, hurray! It's only been a little over a year since I was out there hunting them down and your post (and closetherper's) are making me want to go back soon. What a wonderful place.

John
by Ribbit
January 3rd, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 1 South Austtralia
Replies: 5
Views: 2636

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 1 South Austtralia

Hi Milo! Your photos are just great. I'm only slightly interested in birds, but that photo of the displaying Crested Pigeon is amazing. From the range maps in Wilson & Swan, I believe your brown snake must be the Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis) rather than the Western Brown Snake (Pseudona...
by Ribbit
December 31st, 2016, 6:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 4230

Re: Taiwan herps from the second half of 2016

That was awesome! I have many favorites, but my favorite favorite has to be "This is how I sleep too". You are a brave man for extolling the wonders of seeing a Brahminy Blind Snake just before tossing in a few shots of a One-eared Koala Cobra. If you don't see any herps next year, just write someth...
by Ribbit
December 28th, 2016, 7:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

Re: Peru Question

Your request might be too vague to be getting responses. I'd recommend you start by searching for "Peru" on this site. That will bring up many long posts from herping trips to Peru, which should be a good starting point.

John
by Ribbit
December 25th, 2016, 9:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 81206

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Tamara D. McConnell wrote:Kelly, I love your wisdom. Keep on. You make people think.
Heartily seconded!

John
by Ribbit
December 25th, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 81206

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Soon, I learned that snakes do not seem to desire to be free. They desire food, a place to hide, and water. In captivity they have no predators. They are safe, as long as they are well-maintained with food, water and a place to hide. An animal that really hates it's cage will not grab food out of y...