Thursday, February 10, 2011

Borneo: Danum Valley 3 - Night

Night hikes with biologist travel buddies Ben & Suz. Cloud Leopards were in there. Didn't see any. But we did see a few cats in the dark, smaller.

At right is a whip tail, nasty smelling critters (defensive).

Heaps of geckos, including this leaf-tailed one. They're really light shy.
Karin saw this snake one morning while climbing up the 150' tree ladder thing. I opted to stay in bed, and it rained.

Here's a big 'ol froug. About 6" long.

And this little matey had babies on it. One swam off into the puddle, and we disturbed it so it hopped out. I'm not sure if the tadpole stayed in the puddle but I just can't see how it would have made it back on. But they were seriously uptight tadpoles. Very fast.

... And we found gliding frogs! Those webs are for fly'in. They even have a ridge of skin along the arm to help out. It jumped on my camera. Amazing how cold they feel, and with those paws they can really wrap around stuff. Man it was hot.

They lay their eggs on leaves hanging over water, in this case it was a wallow that wild pigs and stuff come to get the leaches off in. When the eggs hatch they just plop down into the puddle. There were a lot of leaches in places, but I had on leach socks and some repellent, which worked really well. I got one on the neck but Ben saw it before it bit in. They were fearless. Had been travelling in SE Asia for like 6 months already.
We also saw Tarsiers on these hikes, but I already posted about them, couldn't wait. Ok so that's it for the Danum Valley. Next up is some serious fucking diving.

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