Hi - Two fieldguides to the snakes of Wallacea have recently been published by
Ruud de Lang including "Snakes of the Moluccas (Maluku), Indonesia" in about
I mention this here because about 40-50 of the 300 photos of snakes (an
therefore species site records) and habitat in the Maluku book were contributed
by Australian and Oriental birders - including Birding-aus-ers Peter Lansley.
The book is available in the usual places, probably Andrew Isles at some stage.
The snake fauna has many links to Australia, including apparently undescribed
Death Adders [Acanthophis] on quite a few islands.
OT Snakes of Nusa Tenggara and now Maluku forthcoming (Indonesia/Timor-L
OT Snakes of Nusa Tenggara and now Maluku forthcoming (Indonesia/Timor-Leste)
"Colin Trainor" <>
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:33:25 +0930
Hi - A few Australian birders visit East Timor, West Timor and other parts of
Ruud de Lang [delaroz AT hetnet.nl] has just had "Snakes of the Lesser Sundas"
[Lombok through to Timor and
Wetar] published. This included many photographs of snakes and habitats from
oriental birders. The book included more that 300 colour photographs of the 30
odd snakes in the islands.
This is an excellent book, though with only 30 species, a 60-90 page booklet in
English and Indonesian, would be ideal for identification in the field [1 page
information and 1 page of photos per species]. Up to about 50 photos are given
"White-lipped Island Viper/Green pit viper" which has blue, yellow and green
colour forms! The blue ones on Komodo look stunning.
Ruud is currently working on snakes of Maluku - if anyone has snake photos from
Halmahera, Seram, Buru, Kai, Tanimbar, Ambon etc, and habitat shots, please send
them on to Ruud, email above.
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