A haven for herps
As we made our way back, we found a sub-adult Otosaurus cumingii resting on a shrub. These were the largest skinks in the archipelago, and apparently crepuscular. During the daytime hours, they could be observed and taken photos of without much worry of them suddenly darting off to nowhere. The last reptile we found and caught was a tiny skink, perhaps a juvenile, that exhibited an orangey-yellow venter and a row of spots on its dorsolateral sides. It was probably a species of Parvoscincus, but certainty was not forthcoming. At the gates, a slumbering Polypedates leucomystax was seen, and capped off a day’s worth of herping.
In all, we spent just four hours of easy walks finding and photographing some local wildlife. With that many animals seen, we wondered what the yields of an overnight’s worth of camping trip might hold. Perhaps in the not too distant future.