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Favorite Images of 2017

Post by orionmystery » January 1st, 2018, 5:59 am

One of the coolest herps from the Nov 2017 Borneo Herp Tour: Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps baluensis). Extremely shy too!
ImageBungarus flaviceps baluensis_MG_9123 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute lil Three-banded Bridle Snake (Dryocalamus tristrigatus) from Sabah, Borneo.
ImageDryocalamus tristrigatus_MG_9040 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Black-headed Cat Snake (Boiga nigriceps) from Sabah, Borneo.
ImageBoiga nigriceps_MG_8933 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Up close with a stunning Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea) from the highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageBoiga jaspidea_MG_9232 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Male Sabah Pitviper (Trimeresurus sabahi) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
ImageTrimeresurus sabahi_MG_9035 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malayan Mountain Keelback (Hebius inas) I spotted a couple of weeks ago at the highland of Pahang.
ImageHebius inas_MG_8488 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

All we ever found were nebularis, nebularis, nebularis. Cameron Highlands Pit Viper (Trimeresurus nebularis), highlands of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTrimeresurus nebularis_MG_8893 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Cute little Smooth Snail-eating Snake (Asthenodipsas laevis) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
ImageAsthenodipsas laevis_MG_8539 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Gorgeous little Big-eyed Green Whip Snake /Malayan Vine Snake (Ahaetula mycterizans) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageAhaetula mycterizans_MG_8741 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Bornean Black Snake / Borneo Frog-eating Snake (Stegonotus borneensis) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
ImageStegonotus borneensis_MG_8580 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A surprise find during our final night at the montane forest of Sabah. After one Malcom's Pit Viper and two Mountain Pipe Snakes the nights before, I really wasn't expecting a Chasen's Mountain Pit Viper (Garthius chaseni).
ImageGarthius chaseni_MG_7437 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Up close with a Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo.
ImageBoiga cynodon_MG_8708 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute little Brown Kukri Snake (Oligodon purpurascens) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia. Very bitey!
ImageOligodon purpurascens_MG_8397 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A rare gem we found on our first and second night of our Borneo Herp Tour at the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia) - Mountain Dwarf Pipe Snake (Anomochilus monticola).
ImageAnomochilus monticola_MG_7407 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Jeweled Kukri Snake (Oligodon everetti), one of the many herps we found during the last Borneo Herp Tour in May 2017.
ImageOligodon everetti_MG_7470 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Brown Wolf Snake (Lycodon effraenis), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageLycodon effraenis_MG_8240 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Lovely little Dwarf Water Snake (Opisthotropis typica) from the lowland stream of Poring, Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
ImageOpisthotropis typica_MG_7523 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful black morph Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
ImageBoiga cynodon_MG_7675 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute little Spotted Ground Snake (Gongylosoma baliodeirus) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
ImageGongylosoma baliodeirus_MG_7702 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Absolutely gorgeous Malcolm's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia). Spotted this stunner late one night during our last HerpTour Borneo back in May, 2017.
ImageTrimeresurus malcolmi_MG_7351 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malcolm's Pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Sabah, Borneo. Nov 2017
ImageTrimeresurus malcolmi_MG_9130 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute little Malayan Slug-eating Snake / Dark-necked Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas malaccanus) doing a cobra impression . Lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
ImageAsthenodipsas malaccanus_MG_7542 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

An unusual specimen we found one night. Adult male Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) without no red markings on him! Lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTropidolaemus wagleri_MG_8207 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful Laotian Wolf Snake (Lycodon laoensis) from the lowland forest of northern Malaysia. A lifer too!
ImageLycodon laoensis_MG_8079 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Pink-headed Reed Snake (Calamaria schlegeli) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo.
ImageCalamaria schlegeli_MG_7830 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A really photogenic White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii) from the lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageBoiga drapiezii_MG_7995 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful girl we found one night. Female Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTropidolaemus wagleri_MG_8116 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Juvenile female Siamese Peninsular Pit Viper (Trimeresurus fucatus) my guest and I found on our final night up on the highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTrimeresurus fucatus_MG_7214 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Up close with a big female Hagen's Pitviper (Trimeresurus hageni), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTrimeresurus hageni_MG_9249 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Up close with a beautiful female Hagen's Pitviper (Trimeresurus hageni) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTrimeresurus hageni_MG_8816 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Cute but feisty little juvenile Scarce Wolf Snake/Dusky Wolf Snake (Lycodon effraenis) from the lowland forest, Peninsular Malaysia.The white bands resemble jigsaw puzzle pieces!
ImageLycodon effraenis_MG_7135 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Irresistibly cute little Vertebral Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas vertebralis) that we spotted crossing the road one rainy night, highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageAsthenodipsas vertebralis_MG_5840 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A mating pair of Red-headed Kraits (Bungarus flaviceps) after they were spooked by some wild animals. The male was the biggest krait I have ever seen. Truly an encounter of a lifetime. Doubt if I'll ever come across something like this again. Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageBungarus flaviceps mating_MG_5940 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Red-tailed Green Ratsnake / Red-tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) posing and looking all pretty <3 , Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageGonyosoma oxycephalum_MG_5970 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Gorgeous little Reed Snake (Macrocalamus gentingensis) I found in the rain, highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageMacrocalamus gentingensis_MG_7002 p copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Lovely, not-so-little, not-so-cooperative python that John and I found a few weeks ago, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageMalayopython reticulatus_MG_5794 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute little neonate Butler's Wolf Snake (Lycodon butleri) that put up a brave front and made a few strikes! <3, highlands of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageLycodon butleri_MG_5817 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

My first lifer since July, 2016, a Mountain Pit Viper (Ovophis convictus), highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageOvophis convictus_MG_5901 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Cute little juvenile Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageXenopeltis unicolor_MG_9235 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Adorable little juvenile Cave Racer (Orthriophis taeniurus) sleeping on a vertical trunk at night. Peninsular Malaysia. My final lifer of 2017 (Dec 16). Also the latest one to have tagged me
ImageOrthriophis taeniurus_MG_9290 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Blood Python (Python brongersmai), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Image_MG_9355 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Collared Reed Snake (Calamaria pavimentata), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Image_MG_9306 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Blunt-head Slug Snake (Aplopeltura boa), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Image_MG_9330 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Up close with a Blue-eyed Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster), lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo.
ImageGonocephalus liogaster_MG_7878 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Peninsular Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis peninsularis) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageCnemaspis peninsularis_MG_8446 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Stoliczka's Gecko, Pinang Island Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis affinis), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Image_MG_9314 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Five-banded Gliding Lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus), Poring, Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
ImageDraco quinquefasciatus_MG_7563 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Irresistibly cute juvenile Malayan Forest Gecko / Banded Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus) from northern Malaysia (Peninsula)
ImageCyrtodactylus pulchellus_MG_8108 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Beautiful Bintang Tinggi Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus bintangtinggi) from the Bintang Range in the State of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageCyrtodactylus bintangtinggi_MG_7273 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

You know it's going to be a great trip when you walk into the park during the day and immediately find a lifer gecko that you've been after for quite some time! Check out this amazing Sabah Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon rhacophorus) from the highlands of Sabah, Borneo.
ImagePtychozoon rhacophorus_MG_9071 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

River Toad (Phrynoidis aspera), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImagePhrynoidis aspera_MG_8294 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A female Rhinoceros Frog (Limnonectes plicatellus) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageLimnonectes plicatellus_MG_8234 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageRhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_8224 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Malayan Horned Frog / Long-nosed Horned Frog / Malayan Leaf Frog (Megophrys nasuta), lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageMegophrys nasuta_MG_8400 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Kobayashi's Horned Frog (Megophrys kobayashii) from the highlands of Sabah, Borneo.
ImageMegophrys kobayashii_MG_9005 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Come herping with us! In-situ shot of a pair of River Toads (Phrynoidis aspera) in amplexus, lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular.
ImagePhrynoidis aspera_MG_8237 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Good looking little frog - Black-spotted Rock Skipper (Staurois guttatus) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo).
ImageStaurois guttatus_MG_7768 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Spotted Stream Frog (Pulchrana picturata) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo.
ImagePulchrana picturata_MG_7792 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Striped Stream Frog (Pulchrana picturata) from Penang, Peninsular Malaysia. I think it should be called P. signata) instead!
Image_MG_9336 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

I spotted this lovely frog in a hole up on a slope! Hole-in-the-head Frog (Huia cavitympanum), from Poring, Sabah.
ImageHuia cavitympanum_MG_8969 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


In-situ shot of a really handsome File-eard Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus). I love it when they pose naturally like this in typical tree frog pose! Lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia).
ImagePolypedates otilophus_MG_7888 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Poor man's Malayan Horned Frog - Perak Spadefoot Frog / Perak Horned Toad (Xenophrys aceras). He/she doesn't look too happy to see me. Highlands of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. We also meet the other poor man's horned frog, i.e Xenophrys longipes.
ImageXenophrys aceras_MG_5869 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Poor man's horned frog! (Xenophrys baluensis) from the highlands of Sabah, Borneo. Too many of them!
ImageXenophrys baluensis_MG_9160 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Newly eclosed Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageLyssa zampa_MG_8411 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A mating pair of Sphingid moths - Daphnusa ocellaris, from the lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageDaphnusa ocellaris_MG_5876 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Golden Emperor Moth (Loepa martinii) from Sabah, Borneo.
ImageLoepa martinii_MG_9200 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Dead-leaf Grasshopper, Chorotypus sp., truly amazing mimicry/camouflage. Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageChorotypus sp._MG_8769 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A Fishing Spider (Nilus sp.?) with unidentified spider prey, lowland rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageNilus sp._MG_5764 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

A male tarantula approaching a female. They eventually mated, and no one was eaten! Selenocosmiinae, most likely Selenocosmia sp., lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageTarantulas mating_MG_5553 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Check out this aptly named Violin Beetle (Mormolyce phyllodes borneensis) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo. Only the second one I have ever seen!
ImageMormolyce phyllodes borneensis_MG_8658 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

Longhorn Beetle from the highland of Pahang - Spinimegopis malasiaca (Hayashi, 1976) male - ID credit: Claude (Capitaine)
ImageSpinimegopis malasiaca_MG_7962 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr


Wonderful critter you come across while looking for snakes! Adult female Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus). Definitely one of the most well known and most beautiful species in the world. Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageHymenopus coronatus IMG_7932 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

We took a break from herping and went to see the big flower instead. This majestic Rafflesia kerrii was into its forth day of bloom. Kelantan, Peninsular Malaysia.
ImageRafflesia kerrii_MG_8871 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by SidNeilson » January 1st, 2018, 3:45 pm

Amazing pics Kurt.

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » January 1st, 2018, 3:58 pm

Such a treat! Mating flaviceps??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by Jimi » January 2nd, 2018, 1:33 pm

Oh My God.

Careful man, you're gonna trick us into thinking snakes are easy to come by in the jungle! Ha ha ha.

Thank you for sharing. You don't plan on retiring/relocating anytime soon do you? What would you say is the best time of year to come out there (I'm thinking peninsular Malaysia) for pitvipers?

cheers

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by intermedius » January 3rd, 2018, 9:19 pm

:shock:... My jaw has dropped.

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by SidNeilson » January 4th, 2018, 12:17 am

Jimi wrote:Oh My God.

Careful man, you're gonna trick us into thinking snakes are easy to come by in the jungle! Ha ha ha.

Thank you for sharing. You don't plan on retiring/relocating anytime soon do you? What would you say is the best time of year to come out there (I'm thinking peninsular Malaysia) for pitvipers?

cheers
:lol: Yeh I don't trust anyone that's been herping for as long as pennywise myself. That means you Kurt!!!! :roll:

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by orionmystery » January 4th, 2018, 3:22 am

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!

Jeroen - yeah...lucky me.

Here is one which is not included in the top 73 but receives lots of likes and shares on social media:
ImageTrimeresurus malcolmi_MG_9132 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr
Jimi wrote:Oh My God.

Careful man, you're gonna trick us into thinking snakes are easy to come by in the jungle! Ha ha ha.

Thank you for sharing. You don't plan on retiring/relocating anytime soon do you? What would you say is the best time of year to come out there (I'm thinking peninsular Malaysia) for pitvipers?

cheers
SidNeilson wrote:Amazing pics Kurt.
Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Such a treat! Mating flaviceps??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
intermedius wrote::shock:... My jaw has dropped.

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SidNeilson wrote:
Jimi wrote:Oh My God.

Careful man, you're gonna trick us into thinking snakes are easy to come by in the jungle! Ha ha ha.

Thank you for sharing. You don't plan on retiring/relocating anytime soon do you? What would you say is the best time of year to come out there (I'm thinking peninsular Malaysia) for pitvipers?

cheers
:lol: Yeh I don't trust anyone that's been herping for as long as pennywise myself. That means you Kurt!!!! :roll:

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by SidNeilson » January 4th, 2018, 4:53 am

orionmystery wrote:Thanks for looking and commenting, Jimi, SidNeilson, Jeroen, Justi.


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!

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Such a treat! Mating flaviceps??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
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It also depends on locale and habitat here in the southeast. Back when I was healthy I could find nerodia in November by the bucket load every year.

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Post by orionmystery » January 4th, 2018, 10:04 pm

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!
SidNeilson wrote:
orionmystery wrote:Thanks for looking and commenting, Jimi, SidNeilson, Jeroen, Justi.


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!

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Such a treat! Mating flaviceps??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
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It also depends on locale and habitat here in the southeast. Back when I was healthy I could find nerodia in November by the bucket load every year.[/quote]

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by Bob McKeever » January 5th, 2018, 8:47 am

Would be difficult to exaggerate the impact of both the photographic/presentation skills on display and the field-effort required to make them happen. Thanks for sharing.
Bob

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Post by SidNeilson » January 5th, 2018, 9:37 pm

Bob McKeever wrote:Would be difficult to exaggerate the impact of both the photographic/presentation skills on display and the field-effort required to make them happen. Thanks for sharing.
Bob
Yeh, yet not for Kurt apparently. See the earlier posts in this thread. However in his defense, with his personality and skills, your charge is apparently unavoidable.

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Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Post by dendrelaphis » January 13th, 2018, 4:40 am

These are truely amazing finds and pictures. Mating B. flaviceps!! and B. f. baluensis, incredible...... Thanks

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