[quote=“antarcticbeech”]onionsack, that list is a fantastic achievement. Eleven cobras! I had to go to snakesoftaiwan.com to find out what the scientific name for the Chinese Cobra is though. I guessed correctly at Viridovipera.
I was out in the hills south of Huilong Station, Xinzhuang, on Tuesday and it was definitely warm enough for snakes. Didn’t see any :neutral: but it was certainly warm enough. I’ve started taking my girlfriend’s family’s dog out there for exercise because it’s the closest tract of somewhat natural landscape and if it weren’t for me the poor mutt would otherwise spend his days chained up in a factory. I’m curious about what his reaction will be when we come across a snake. Perhaps he’ll even sniff one out for me.[/quote]
It certainly has been warm enough for snakes, and two days ago a friend of mine and I decided to try our luck with a first ride of the year across the Northern Cross-Island Road to see if anything was out and about. Murphy’s Law quickly established itself, and my buddy’s motorcycle broke down only a few kilometers into the hills. We decided to press on on one bike, and were quickly rewarded with a cute little green tree viper that was trying to cross the road. But the real good stuff was still to come in Baling: Along with 7 or 8 other vipers, we came across a mating pair of Dinodons, a GORGEOUS and very rare Mandarin Ratsnake, a King Ratsnake, a ferret badger and a DOR flying squirrel (you can check out photos of this in the Rarely Seen Animals thread). Just a crazy good start to the herping season, which ordinarily doesn’t begin until at least Tomb Sweeping Day. Dig out your headlamps and flashlights, kids, herping season has arrived! :discodance:
*This was my first snake of the year: a tiny (4cm) Brahminy Blind Snake that I came across last week on our local hill in Taoyuan. Easily mistaken for a worm.
A glistening Green Tree Viper. These things are ubiquitous in Taiwan. We’ve come across a hundred of these in a single night at times…
This is a King Ratsnake (aka "Stinky Goddess). A large snake, and quite common along the Bei Heng.
The prize find of the night: a glorious Mandarin Ratsnake, albeit with some tail trauma evident from some past unpleasant incident. This is a “holy grail” snake in Taiwan, and if you’ve seen one of these live, you’re the member of a very small, lucky and exclusive club indeed.
Makes for some fabulous headgear as well…