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Snakes!

Re: Snakes!

Postby Nuit » 31 Oct 2015, 15:50

jesus80 wrote:I'm not an expert, but it looks like some sort of rat snake


yeah that was my call. Didn't know which one though. Id'ed by catchers as a king ratsnake (臭青母 chou4qing1mu3, or Stinking goddess),
It's raining again here.

A wicked wind whips up the hill, a handful of hopeful words.
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Re: Snakes!

Postby jesus80 » 31 Oct 2015, 15:55

Cool that you gave us her ID number :D

I was thinking of this one: http://snakesoftaiwan.com/Ptyas%20mucos ... mucosa.htm
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Re: Snakes!

Postby jesus80 » 28 Dec 2015, 03:47

I have run into a couple of snakes or perhaps three since the last post (one was dead), but today I have run into something even better:



:lol:

BTW... is Onionsack still with us?
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Re: Snakes!

Postby onionsack » 18 Mar 2016, 13:48

jesus80 wrote:I have run into a couple of snakes or perhaps three since the last post (one was dead), but today I have run into something even better:



:lol:

BTW... is Onionsack still with us?


Still here, yes! :) I just came across my 50th snake of 2016 last night...a Lycodon rufozanatum (these used to be classified as Dinodon rufozanatum but they've recently been dumped back in the Lycodon genus... I still call them Dinos by habit..). 50 snakes before April is an unprecedented number, at least for me here in the North of Taiwan, and I'm already thinking I might have a chance to eclipse my 2015 grand total of snakes seen here in Taiwan (1,531). This is the first year in which there wasn't really a complete "down" season here in the North, and I've been seeing snakes out since New Year's day, although mostly vipers. But with the appearance of C. majors and L. rufozonatum, all signs are pointing to the herp season being imminent. I'll attach a phone shot of the L. rufozonatum I saw last night. *oh, and you had me worried with that video above...the first minute looked EXACTLY like most idiotic snake shows these days..

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Re: Snakes!

Postby jesus80 » 21 Mar 2016, 10:43

Hey Onionsack, nice to hear from you. I was genuinely worried... you just disappeared and we all know what two teeth can make any night (or day!).

I was wondering if the unusual temperatures had made the snakes already active... thanks for confirming.

Please come to Taipei or Sanxia some time soon and guide me to the snakes nests :D
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Re: Snakes!

Postby onionsack » 21 Mar 2016, 14:13

jesus80 wrote:Hey Onionsack, nice to hear from you. I was genuinely worried... you just disappeared and we all know what two teeth can make any night (or day!).

I was wondering if the unusual temperatures had made the snakes already active... thanks for confirming.

Please come to Taipei or Sanxia some time soon and guide me to the snakes nests :D


Aye, sorry about that, busy year..

I should be coming to Sanxia/Taipei either next weekend or the weekend after that to have a look for snakes...I'll let you know when I firm up plans. Here's my list from 2015:

1531 Snakes of 2015

1. Cyclophiops major - 488
2. Dinodon rufozonatum – 365
3. Viridovipera stejnegeri stejnegeri - 285
4. Protobothrops mucrosquamatus - 96
5. Lycodon ruhstrati ruhstrati – 60
6. Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus – 51
7. Pareas formosensis – 33
8. Elaphe carinata - 31
9. Calamaria pavimentata – 20
10. Boiga kraepelini – 16
11. Oreocryptophis porphyracea kawakamii – 14
12. Naja atra – 11
13. Psammodynastes pulverulentus papenfussi - 9
14. Oligodon formosanus – 6
15. Sinomicrurus macclellandi swinhoei - 5
16. Amphiesma sauteri – 5
17. Xenochrophis piscator - 5
18. Euprepiophis mandarina – 5
19. Macropisthodon rudis rudis - 5
20. Orthriophis taeniurus friesi – 4
21. Oligodon ornatus - 3
22. Ramphotyphlops braminus - 3
23. Ptyas dhumnades - 3
24. Sinomicrurus hatori - 2
25. Deinagkistrodon acutus - 2
26. Ovophis monticola makazayazaya – 1
27. Pseudoxenodon stejnegeri – 1
28. Sibynophis chinensis chinensis – 1

Month – Total – (species)

1. January – 0 (0)
2. February – 0 (0)
3. March – 35 (8)
4. April – 86 (13)
5. May – 144 (13)
6. June – 272 (23)
7. July – 277 (13)
8. August – 269 (15)
9. September – 185 (11)
10. October – 74 (13)
11. November – 171 (8)
12. December – 18 (4)
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Re: Snakes!

Postby onionsack » 02 Apr 2016, 11:04

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Spring is officially sprung! This Sibynophis chinensis chinensis (Asiatic Many-Toothed Snake or 黑頭蛇) I captured on an April 1st hike along the Tai Ping Ling trail near the Taipei harbor is my first diurnal snake of the year, or at least the first diurnal that I saw during the DAY anyway...these guys are LIGHTNING quick, and you can tell by the dirt under my fingernails that the only way to capture them is by grabbing a bunch of dirt and grass where you think they'll BE (not where they ARE: you'll miss) and hope for the best. I lucked out this time, and came up with a snake mixed in with the dirt salad. My s/o called me over after hearing a rustling on the side of the path and pointed in the direction of the commotion. At first, all I could make out was a skink, and it was only after another moment or two that I realized what was happening: there was indeed a snake, as well as a (much larger) skink, and the pair of them were engaged in full battle! Hated to interrupt Herr Many-Tooth's dinner, but after a very frustrating DNF geocache, I wasn't about to squander the opportunity..Good thing these sweeties are as docile as they are quick.. :)
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Re: Snakes!

Postby shastriarvind88 » 26 Apr 2016, 13:29

hi ,
I am from india I have seen many snakes in my whole life.I have seen a russel viper on my terrace.it was very big.
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Re: Snakes!

Postby shastriarvind88 » 26 Apr 2016, 13:33

very big snake
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Re: Snakes!

Postby jesus80 » 26 Apr 2016, 16:16

If I'm not mistaken, the scientific name of that very specimen is Habu Motherfucker. Take care!
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