A haven for herps

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

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.

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