Junglescapes Amphibian/Reptiles Excursion, Tambdi Surla, Goa, 12-16 Sept,, 2012

Girish, Parimala, Santosh and I visited the Canopy Goa resort for
their Amphibian/Reptilan excursions package. Everything was organized
by Ramesh, who, however, had to drop out at the last minute. It was a
memorable trip. I have put up photos on my Facebook albums, and here
is the creatures list that we have compiled.

I strongly recommend Ramesh Zermakar and Omkar Dharwadkar…their
knowledge is very impressive, and they are very helpful. Ramesh and
Pankaj Lad (along with his brother Gowreesh Lad) run the resort
extremely well. Even our Innova driver, Ali, was very helpful showing
us Monitor Lizards on the side of the road as he was driving, and
showing us pictures of a python that had eaten a macaque and later
regurgitated it.

Er, no, we did not have any Feni. We were drunk on the beauty of the
monsoon, and the wonderful beings that we could see and observe.

Amphibians:

Frogs:

Amboli bush (id yet to be confirmed)
Common Indian Bullfrog
Dobson’s Burrowing
Malabar Gliding
Ornate Narrow-mouthed
Reddish Burrowing
Small-handed
Skittering
Waynad or Marten’s bush frog (id yet to be confirmed)

Fejervarya, Indirana, and Nyctibatrachus species…I do not know the others.

Toads:
Common Indian

Birds:

Babbler, Dark-fronted
Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Brown-headed
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, Yellow-browed
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Eagle, Crested Serpent
Flameback, Common
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked
Hawk-Cuckoo, Common
Hornbill, Malabar Grey
Hornbill, Malabar Pied
Iora, Common
Kite, Brahminy
Kite, Common
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird, Blue-winged
Leafbird, Golden-fronted
Minivet, Small
Nightjar, Jerdon’s
Oriole, Black-hooded
Oriole,Eurasian Golden
Parakeet, Malabar
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Parrot, Vernal Hanging
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Grey-breasted
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shikra
Spiderhunter, Little
Sunbird, Crimson-backed
Sunbird, Loten’s
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Treepie, Indian
Treepie, Rufous
White-eye, Oriental
Woodshrike, Common
Woopecker, Heart-spotted
Woodpecker, White-naped

Calls:

Bulbul, Grey-headed
Francolin, Grey
Frogmouth, Ceylon
Eagle, Changeable Hawk
Junglefowl, Grey
Myna, Hill
Thrush, Malabar Whistling

Birds sighted from train:

Bee-eater, Small Green
Bushchat, Pied
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed
Egret, Little
Ibis, Black-headed
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite Black
Mynah, Common
Robin, Indian

Butterflies

Blue. Grass
Blue, Pea
Castor, Angled
Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Crow, Common
Crow, Double-banded
Demon, Grass (cat)
Eggfly, Great (Cat also)
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Gull. Common
Jezebel, Common
Lime, Common
Mormon, Blue (also cat and eggs)
Mormon. Common (also cat)
Oakblue, Common
Pansy, Chocolate
Pansy, Lemon
Pioneer
Psyche, Common
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Rustic
Tiger, Blue
Tiger, Plain
Tiger, Striped
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Spotless Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yeoman

Dragonflies

Dart, Malabar Torrent
Glider, Crimson Marsh
Glory, Clear-winged Forest
Skimmer, Ground

Insects and Others

Spiders: Crab, Giant Wood, Jumping, Lynx, Orb-Weaver, Wolf.

Tarantula, Indian

Assassin Bug, Centipede, Grasshoppers, plain and painted, Mayfly,
Millipede, Bark Mantis, Praying Mantis, Robberfly Stick Insect,
and other assorted Moths, Beetles and Insects. One Web Scorpion,
Several crabs of all sizes.

Reptiles

Snakes:

Green Vine
Keelback, Beddome’s
Rat
Viper, Hump-nosed Pit
Viper, Saw-scaled
Wolf, Travancore

Calotes, Forest
Gecko, Banded
Lizard, Garden (Calotes versicolor)
Skink, Brahminy
Skink, un id

I would like help with the id of the Skink, I am sending the pic herewith

Cheers, Deepa.

I’ve put up the photograph on FB:

The Green Vine Snake taking the frog up into the tree canopy:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151084062298878.450608.587058877&type=3

1st day:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085434713878.450911.587058877&type=3

2nd day:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085858413878.451017.587058877&type=3

3rd day:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151086602133878.451198.587058877&type=3

4th day:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151088941563878.451735.587058877&type=3

I have put up videos:

Saw-scaled Viper showing why it is so named:

and

Ramesh Zermakar handling a Beddome’s Keelback:

A Hump-nosed Pit Viper:

Two videos of the Green Vine Snake taking a captured frog up into the canopy:

and

We missed Ramesh and Shalini very much, as they had to drop out…Ramesh, literally, on the last day.

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