Category Archives: Reptiles

Reptiles

Gecko in the house

This common Japanese gecko (nihon yamori) jumped into the living room when I opened the window. We lost it for a few days but it eventually showed up in the bedroom, so I let it go in the garden. Japanese … Continue reading

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Tiger Keelback

The Tiger Keelback or Japanese Water Snake (yamakagashi) is such a beautiful snake, with red and black spots along its body, but it is also venomous. Apparently there are not too many cases of people being killed because the snake … Continue reading

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Five-lined Skink

We spotted this five-lined skink (nihontokage) when we were at Sugao-no-taki Waterfalls near Kitakyushu. Young five-lined skinks, like this one, have blue tails and five lines down their bodies. They lose these when they become adult. Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae (skinks) … Continue reading

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Gecko

We often see geckos (yamori) on our windows and doors at night – waiting to snap up any insects that are attracted to the light. They also sometimes come into the house, which makes us happy because everyone agrees that … Continue reading

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Four-lined ratsnake

This beautiful ratsnake was just coming down a concrete embankment when I saw it. I’m not sure, but it seemed like it had just shed it’s skin because it was so bright and soft. I held it for quite a … Continue reading

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Crow Snake

As I was walking past a farmer’s house, I saw this crow snake (karasu-hebi) lying in the grass at the side of the driveway. At first I thought it was probably dead because it wasn’t moving and the farmer was … Continue reading

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Japanese Ratsnake

I managed to catch this Japanese Ratsnake (aodaisho) when I was hiking up the main path on Mount Kuju (Oita Prefecture), from the hot spring at Bogatsuru to the volcano summit. I just caught its tail before it escaped into … Continue reading

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First snake this year

It was really warm and sunny today (around 25 degrees Centigrade) which brought out the reptiles. The kids caught ten lizards in the garden! And, while walking along a stream not far from the house, I spotted my first snake … Continue reading

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Releasing the Snake

On my way to work this morning I took the black ratsnake that I’d caught yesterday and released it back into the field. I wanted to get a photo of me holding it, so that you’d be able to see … Continue reading

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Black Ratsnake

I went out looking for snakes this morning, armed with a cloth sack and gloves (because I’m a wimp!) and actually managed to catch a black ratsnake or “crow snake” (karasuhebi) in a field about 500m from the house. This … Continue reading

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