More chasing of snakes in bali

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
Trip End Jun 19, 2014

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Monday, June 2, 2014

our night tour with the Bali Reptile Rescue was such a success that we simply had to go back for more so we organized another trip. this time we wanted to see one of the deadly venomous snakes - the krait bungarus candidus.

again the evening started with a bike ride to the centre to see new arrivals. Lenka immediately picked up one large but tame oriental rat snake (ptyas mucosus) that was a bit frightened but was calmed down by her after a very short while. another surprise waited for us because the baby king cobra wasn't hiding this time but was showing off the stunning colours in its full beauty so we managed to get some decent pictures and I was even able to handle the snake. this was quite an adrenalin experience as the snake was just about the minimum size for an almost not that dangerous handling. :)

next was a longish ride to the spot where we hoped to find the krait but we were rather sceptical because the last night out was such a success and we knew that to see so many different species is very rare but we were still hoping that we would get lucky this time, too.

whatever we expected the night turned to be another herping bonanza right from the start where in the first 10 meters we saw few frogs, toads, geckos, pitviper (trimeresurus insularis) and a bronze back (dendrelaphis pictus) and this was not even the start of the evening. shortly after we got to the main site which was a pathway in the middle of rice fields, we found a bush with a couple of lizards and a baby chinese rat snake (ptyas korros) that was very fond of Lenka who enjoyed playing with it. Next snake waiting for us in the brook flowing along the walkway was a stunning boiga dendrophila that after she calmed down a bit was the fist venomous snake my wife was free handling.

we spotted few more boigas but the photo shoot was interrupted by distant shouts: 'krait, krait'. We were so exited that we dropped everything and ran towards Adrian from the centre who found the target species bungarus candidus. These deadly venomous snakes are rather smallish, slender and surprisingly calm. We again were extremely lucky to see this beauty and took plenty of photos.

on the way back to the parking lot Lenka spotted a huge white stripped boiga that was the last snake we saw in the rice fields and as it was getting late we moved to the last place close to our hotel. this was a river estuary and we were hoping to see the sea krait here but even if we did not get to see this interesting species we managed to sea another two different snakes that brought the species count to 7. the first was dog-faced water snake (cerberus rychops) that was seen for the first time in wild by the Bali Reptile Rescue team and the second was a wolf snake (lycodon capucinus). Lenka was again more then happy to handle the second one and nobody believed she was the same person who they met before as she was not so scared of everything (only of the boiga a little bit). :)

we again had a great time and these snake tours are most definitely among the best experiences from our trip. thank you very much Bali Reptile Rescue and once again we recommend this to anybody.
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