Hello, I’ve been a long time reader on the old boards, part of the reason my move over here went so smoothly I think.
I am over here studying for four years and utterly love nature. As a kid in the UK I’d spend my childhood looking for insects and snakes to photograph and record and wanted to do the same here.
The problem is that everyone I ask thinks I am crazy. I guess they live with this stuff all the time and so the novelty wears off but hell I have no idea how or where to start looking for snakes and bugs and am no closer to finding out.
I read some old posts that some of you guys go out at night looking. If that still happens I would love to tag along, I live near Chiayi but would happily travel anywhere.
I guess there are more common foreigner problems that people have, but this is mine! So far I found a dead scarab beetle and the decomposing husk of a rhino beetle, David Attenborough I am not!
Thanks for the reply, those are some beautiful shots. I appreciate the concern regarding snakes and will bear it in mind, as with all things I want to keep well away and just observe. There aren’t really any areas around where I live that have trees and I’m not sure where to travel to right now as I don’t want to trespass or break any laws .
@onionsack likes to go herping and he’s a nice guy, you could contact him (he’s in Taoyuan). I believe @mad_masala is also into snakes. And as mentioned above, find any old hiking trail and you’re sure to find insects. Especially in the spring and fall you’ll see those giant orb-weaver spiders (nephila clavata) even along the busier urban trails.
why go anywhere else? Chiayi is an incredible spot to look for snakes and bugs. Just look up hiking locations or agriculture roads (產業道路), go there during a work day or at night, you should be able to spot plenty of them.
While you are at it, why not also look for macaques? If you are looking for novelty, there are no primates in Europe right?
That’s great info. Thanks. My problem so far has been discerning a nature trail from someone’s fields or private property. In the UK it’s usually clear where to go, I probably need to adjust my mindset and plan some hikes.
Thanks again, never seen a macaque but yes I’d love to see anything like that.
I read about Rove beetles, scary stuff. So far I’ve just been bitten to high hell by mosquito’s and that’s as much as I am willing to accept.
My father in law told me that years ago he thought it was a mosquito and squashed one of those beetles on his arm and it turned really bad.
I will definitely start looking for hiking groups and will of course share any good critter sightings.