Monday, 3 August 2009

CRITTER UPDATE: venturers get amongst Sabah's fauna (and vice versa)!

The teams are now well into their second half of Phase 2 - in fact, they will be back to the Changeover at the end of the coming week, and we will be updating you on that accordingly.

In the meantime, we thought it would be a good time to show you some of the various Sabah critters that have been spotted since deployment. Sabah's animal life is diverse, and you just never know what might turn up on your way!

The misty dense jungle that surrounds Imbak Canyon is home to many unique plants, insects, and birds.

Tiger leach (Haemadipsa picta) - many venturers have already had a chance to meet this little persistent fellow while trekking or camping in the jungle. Leeches are a fact of life here in Borneo, and seem to find their way through shirts, shorts, and socks! In Phase 1, some of the innovatively-thinking venturers decided to gaffer-tape their trousers and socks together to prevent the little thirsty critters from getting in! Nice work.

A vivious-looking spider spotted by our photographer.

Alpha 4 venturers came across this scorpion - the obligatory photo shoot followed, but we confirm the scorpion was placed back into the jungle safely.

A hiding viper patiently awaiting its prey among leaves and braches.

A butterfly moth at Imbak Canyon.

Insects that mimic nature are plentiful here - this one claims to be a plant leaf. There are also numerous 'stick' insects that are extremely hard to spot.

Another common creature, reportedly called 'jungle lice' - with a hardy outside shell, this critter rolls into a perfectly round shape when it senses danger, totally freezing for hours.

One of the many butterflies in Sabah.

A young cobra snake met during a trekking phase by Alpha 5.

A tree grub, we wonder what it would taste like.

An unidentified caterpillar - many brightly-coloured ones in Sabah are often poisonous.

A rather giant cicada - there are around 2500 species around the world!

The omnipresent gecko: it is estimated 2,000 different species of geckos exist worldwide.

While some critters have all the roaming jungle space they need, others have to survive in an extremely restricted habitat. Henry Routh contemplates what life would be like inside an old cage.


Anonymous said...

Everyone here in rotherham is cringing at the thought of all these creatures, disgusting!!!
Mum said its a good job she bought you all that insect repellent.
Take care, speak to ya soon

Anonymous said...

Henry - glad the insects are not that big ... Got your email thanks love. Boots on their way! Glad to see you so well and what a 'captivating' photo ...... lots of love and hugs. Mummy xx

Anonymous said...

Despite Henry getting caughtup in that cage, it looks like he managed to find a barber...
Martyn, Farnham