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 Post subject: Treasures of Taiwan 2017. Part 1
PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 3:20 am 
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In June this year, I engaged in one of my most fruitful and adventurous herping trip outside my home [email protected] Malaysia. It was a working trip yet whenever possible I squeezed in a night or two of herping sessions when my students are busy enjoying their shoppings and other activities. That been said, I managed to herp for 4 nights during the entire 8 days in Taiwan, roughly 3-4 hours each night except for my last day in Taiwan whereby I herp like the entire day with the help of local herpers and friends. To sum it up, we managed to pull-in more than 100 snakes during my stay there. I don't think any other country could match this record (unless if we are talking about truck load of garter snakes during breeding season)


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File comment: Close up shot of the King Ratsnake (Elaphe carinata)
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File comment: King Ratsnake (Elaphe carinata) found by our friend Li
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File comment: Yet another beautiful jewel of Taiwan. Taipei tree frog (Rhacophorus taipeianus)
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File comment: Moltrechti Treefrog (Rhacophorus moltrechti)
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File comment: Our group member @ Will found this DOR False Viper (Macropisthodon rudis rudis) after we started road cruising
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File comment: A male Moltrechti Treefrog (Rhacophorus moltrechti). Status: Protected species under Taiwan and China law
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File comment: As we head up to the highlands, things get even more interesting. Formosa Slug Snake (Pareas formosensis)-Red eyes
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File comment: Odorrana swinhoana is a species of frog in the Ranidae family that is endemic to Taiwan.
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File comment: A very handsome Ryukyu japalure Or Okinawa tree lizard (Japalura polygonata xanthostom)
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File comment: Kanshirei Village Frog (Rana/ Pseudoamolops sauteri)
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File comment: Either the Polypedatus megacephalus or Polypedatus braueri. I still can't get a firm ID
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File comment: Adult Greater Green Snake (Cyclophiops major), the most common snake in Taiwan
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File comment: Square-headed cat snake (Boiga kraepelini)-full body shot. Imagine something hanging above your head when you passed by the thick vegetation
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File comment: IMG_6494-1(W) Ryukyu Japalure, Okinawa Tree Lizard (Japalura polygonata) (HALLOWELL, 1861)
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File comment: Taiwan Common Toad (Bufo bankorensis)
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File comment: We found many of this frog everywhere we go. Swinhoe's Frog (Odorrana swinhoana)
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File comment: When we walked started the trail, there was nothing on the forest floor. As we were heading out this adult Brown Spotter Pitviper @ Habu was sitting right on our path. We were lucky no one step on it.
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File comment: Ruhstrat's wolf snake (Lycodon rustrati) or the mountain wolf snake,
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File comment: Ruhstrat's wolf snake (Lycodon rustrati) or mountain wolf snake
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File comment: Juvenile Spotted Pitviper @ Habu (Trimeresurus mucrosquamatus), I spotted on my 1st herping session
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File comment: Common Grass Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis)
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File comment: Adult Red-banded Snake (Dinodon rufozonatum), the color changed from red to black
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File comment: Swinhoe's japalure (Japalura swinhonis), my first herp in Taiwan
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File comment: Juvenile Red-banded Snake (Dinodon rufozonatum), one of the most common snake in Taiwan
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File comment: Stejneger's pit viper (Trimeresurus stejnegeri)
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 Post subject: Re: Treasures of Taiwan 2017. Part 1
PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 11:58 pm 
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A hundred snakes in four days? It takes me several months to spot that many.

Others might contend that T. stejnegeri is the most common species, rather than C. major. I probably see more D. rufozonatum than anything else, but that's hardly a scientific observation.

That DOR false viper must have been pretty fresh. The road casualties can be quite heart-breaking.


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