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Monday, January 1, 2018

Favorite Images of 2017

It is that time of the year to round up some of my favorite images taken in the year of 2017. Again, lots of herps (amphibians, reptiles) this year. Mostly taken with the Laowa 15mm.

Snakes

One of the coolest herps from the Nov 2017 Borneo Herp Tour: Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps baluensis). Extremely shy too!Bungarus flaviceps baluensis_MG_9123 copy


Cute lil Three-banded Bridle Snake (Dryocalamus tristrigatus) from Sabah, Borneo.
Dryocalamus tristrigatus_MG_9040 copy

Black-headed Cat Snake (Boiga nigriceps) from Poring, Sabah, Borneo.Boiga nigriceps_MG_8933 copy

Up close with a stunning Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea) from the highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia
.Boiga jaspidea_MG_9232 copy

Male Sabah Pitviper (Trimeresurus sabahi) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
Trimeresurus sabahi_MG_9035 copy

Gunung Inas Keelback / Mountain Keelback (Hebius inas / Amphiesma inas) from the highlands of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Hebius inas_MG_8488 copy

Cameron Highlands Pit Viper (Trimeresurus nebularis), highlands of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Trimeresurus nebularis_MG_8893 copy


Cute little Smooth Snail-eating Snake (Asthenodipsas laevis) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
Asthenodipsas laevis_MG_8539 copy

Gorgeous little Big-eyed Green Whip Snake /Malayan Vine Snake (Ahaetula mycterizans) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.Ahaetula mycterizans_MG_8741 copy

Bornean Black Snake / Borneo Frog-eating Snake (Stegonotus borneensis) from the montane forest of Sabah, Borneo.
Stegonotus borneensis_MG_8580 copy

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

Up close with a Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo.
Boiga cynodon_MG_8708 copy

Cute little Brown Kukri Snake (Oligodon purpurascens) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia. Very bitey!
Oligodon purpurascens_MG_8397 copy

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).Anomochilus monticola_MG_7407 copy


Jeweled Kukri Snake (Oligodon everetti), one of the many herps we found during the last Borneo Herp Tour in May 2017.
Oligodon everetti_MG_7470 copy

Brown Wolf Snake (Lycodon effraenis), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
Lycodon effraenis_MG_8240 copy

Lovely little Dwarf Water Snake (Opisthotropis typica) from the lowland stream of Poring, Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).
Opisthotropis typica_MG_7523 copy

Beautiful black morph Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).Boiga cynodon_MG_7675 copy

Cute little Spotted Ground Snake (Gongylosoma baliodeirus) from the lowland forest of Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia).Gongylosoma baliodeirus_MG_7702 copy

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.
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Another Malcolm's Pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi), from our Nov 2017 herp tour.Trimeresurus malcolmi_MG_9130 copy

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

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.Tropidolaemus wagleri_MG_8207 copy

Beautiful Laotian Wolf Snake (Lycodon laoensis) from the lowland forest of northern Malaysia. A lifer too!
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Pink-headed Reed Snake (Calamaria schlegeli) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo. Calamaria schlegeli_MG_7830 copy

A really photogenic White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii) from the lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Boiga drapiezii_MG_7995 copy

Beautiful girl we found one night. Female Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Tropidolaemus wagleri_MG_8116 copy

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. Trimeresurus fucatus_MG_7214 copy


Up close with a big female Hagen's Pitviper (Trimeresurus hageni), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
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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! Lycodon effraenis_MG_7135 copy
Irresistibly cute little Vertebral Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas vertebralis) that we spotted crossing the road one rainy night, highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Asthenodipsas vertebralis_MG_5840 copy

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. Bungarus flaviceps mating_MG_5940 copy


Red-tailed Green Ratsnake / Red-tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) posing and looking all pretty 
Gonyosoma oxycephalum_MG_5970 copy

Gorgeous little Reed Snake (Macrocalamus gentingensis) I found in the rain, highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Macrocalamus gentingensis_MG_7002 p copy


Lovely, not-so-little, not-so-cooperative Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) , Peninsular Malaysia.
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My first lifer since July, 2016, a Mountain Pit Viper (Ovophis convictus), highland of Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia.
Ovophis convictus_MG_5901 copy
Cute little juvenile Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
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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 meOrthriophis taeniurus_MG_9290 copy

Blood Python (Python brongersmai) from Penang, Peninsular Malaysia._MG_9355 copy

Collared Reed Snake (Calamaria pavimentata), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia.
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Blunt-head Slug Snake (Aplopeltura boa), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia._MG_9330 copy


Lizards

Up close with a Blue-eyed Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster), lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo.
Gonocephalus liogaster_MG_7878 copy

Peninsular Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis peninsularis) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.Cnemaspis peninsularis_MG_8446 copy

Stoliczka's Gecko, Pinang Island Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis affinis), Penang, Peninsular Malaysia._MG_9314 copy

Five-banded Gliding Lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus), Poring, Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia). Draco quinquefasciatus_MG_7563 copy

Irresistibly cute juvenile Malayan Forest Gecko / Banded Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus) from northern Malaysia (Peninsula) Cyrtodactylus pulchellus_MG_8108 copy

Beautiful Bintang Tinggi Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus bintangtinggi) from the Bintang Range in the State of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia.
Cyrtodactylus bintangtinggi_MG_7273 copy
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.
Ptychozoon rhacophorus_MG_9071 copy



Amphibians

River Toad (Phrynoidis aspera), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia. Phrynoidis aspera_MG_8294 copy

A female Rhinoceros Frog (Limnonectes plicatellus) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
Limnonectes plicatellus_MG_8234 copy

Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) from the lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia. 
Rhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_8224 copy


Malayan Horned Frog / Long-nosed Horned Frog / Malayan Leaf Frog (Megophrys nasuta), lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Megophrys nasuta_MG_8400 copy

Kobayashi's Horned Frog (Megophrys kobayashii) from the highlands of Sabah, Borneo.
Megophrys kobayashii_MG_9005 copy


In-situ shot of a pair of River Toads (Phrynoidis aspera) in amplexus, lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular.
Phrynoidis aspera_MG_8237 copy

Good looking little frog - Black-spotted Rock Skipper (Staurois guttatus) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo).
Staurois guttatus_MG_7768 copy
Spotted Stream Frog (Pulchrana picturata) from the lowland forest of Sarawak, Borneo.
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Striped Stream Frog (Pulchrana picturata) from Penang, Peninsular Malaysia. I think it should be called P. signata) instead!
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I spotted this lovely frog in a hole up on a slope! Hole-in-the-head Frog (Huia cavitympanum), from Poring, Sabah.Huia cavitympanum_MG_8969 copy

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).
Polypedates otilophus_MG_7888 copy


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. Xenophrys aceras_MG_5869 copy

Poor man's horned frog! (Xenophrys baluensis) from the highlands of Sabah, Borneo. Too many of them!
Xenophrys baluensis_MG_9160 copy


Lepidoptera



Newly eclosed Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa), lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
Lyssa zampa_MG_8411 copy


A mating pair of Sphingid moths - Daphnusa ocellaris, from the lowland forest of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Daphnusa ocellaris_MG_5876 copy

Golden Emperor Moth (Loepa martinii) from Sabah, Borneo. Loepa martinii_MG_9200 copy



Orthoptera

Dead-leaf Grasshopper, Chorotypus sp., truly amazing mimicry/camouflage. Peninsular Malaysia.
Chorotypus sp._MG_8769 copy


Arachnida

A Fishing Spider (Nilus sp.?) with unidentified spider prey, lowland rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. 
Nilus sp._MG_5764 copy




A male tarantula approaching a female. They eventually mated, and no one was eaten! Selenocosmiinae, most likely Selenocosmia sp., lowland forest of Peninsular Malaysia.
Tarantulas mating_MG_5553 copy


Others



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!
Mormolyce phyllodes borneensis_MG_8658 copy

Longhorn Beetle from the highland of Pahang - Spinimegopis malasiaca (Hayashi, 1976) male - ID credit: Claude (Capitaine)Spinimegopis malasiaca_MG_7962 copy


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.Hymenopus coronatus IMG_7932 copy



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.
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