Treasures of Taiwan 2017. Part 1

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Treasures of Taiwan 2017. Part 1

Post by VinceAdam2015 » November 27th, 2017, 3:20 am

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)
Close up shot of the King Ratsnake (Elaphe carinata)
King Ratsnake (Elaphe carinata) found by our friend Li
Yet another beautiful jewel of Taiwan. Taipei tree frog (Rhacophorus taipeianus)
Moltrechti Treefrog (Rhacophorus moltrechti)
Our group member @ Will found this DOR False Viper (Macropisthodon rudis rudis) after we started road cruising
A male Moltrechti Treefrog (Rhacophorus moltrechti). Status: Protected species under Taiwan and China law
As we head up to the highlands, things get even more interesting. Formosa Slug Snake (Pareas formosensis)-Red eyes
Odorrana swinhoana is a species of frog in the Ranidae family that is endemic to Taiwan.
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A very handsome Ryukyu japalure Or Okinawa tree lizard (Japalura polygonata xanthostom)
Kanshirei Village Frog (Rana/ Pseudoamolops sauteri)
Either the Polypedatus megacephalus or Polypedatus braueri. I still can't get a firm ID
Adult Greater Green Snake (Cyclophiops major), the most common snake in Taiwan
Square-headed cat snake (Boiga kraepelini)-full body shot. Imagine something hanging above your head when you passed by the thick vegetation
IMG_6494-1(W) Ryukyu Japalure, Okinawa Tree Lizard (Japalura polygonata) (HALLOWELL, 1861)
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Taiwan Common Toad (Bufo bankorensis)
We found many of this frog everywhere we go. Swinhoe's Frog (Odorrana swinhoana)
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.
Ruhstrat's wolf snake (Lycodon rustrati) or the mountain wolf snake,
Ruhstrat's wolf snake (Lycodon rustrati) or mountain wolf snake
Juvenile Spotted Pitviper @ Habu (Trimeresurus mucrosquamatus), I spotted on my 1st herping session
Common Grass Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis)
Adult Red-banded Snake (Dinodon rufozonatum), the color changed from red to black
Swinhoe's japalure (Japalura swinhonis), my first herp in Taiwan
Juvenile Red-banded Snake (Dinodon rufozonatum), one of the most common snake in Taiwan
Stejneger's pit viper (Trimeresurus stejnegeri)

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Re: Treasures of Taiwan 2017. Part 1

Post by numpty » December 1st, 2017, 11:58 pm

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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