Our team of dedicated herpetologists and conservationists are working together with researchers all over the globe to better understand the diversity, ecology, and behaviour of Indonesian amphibians and reptiles.
Trilaksono's Bush Frog
Since November 2020, we have been working with scientists from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and IPB University to undertake a study on the ecology and distribution of the endangered Trilaksono's bush frog (Chirixalus trilaksonoi). This will provide important baseline data to best inform a conservation action plan for the species. If possible, we hope to follow up by conducting population monitoring in sites where they still occur.
Reticulated Python Monitoring
To evaluate our current strategy in tackling human-snake conflict, we are designing a research project to learn about the movement patterns of translocated pythons to determine if this is an appropriate method for conflict management.
Snakes of Sulawesi
We are collaborating with several scientists, both locally and internationally, to create a user-friendly identification guide to the snakes of Sulawesi. This will become a useful tool for biologists, herpetologists, or anyone interested in snakes to learn about these species, with emphasis on morphological identification.
Located in the East of Indonesia, the island of Roti is home to some heavily threatened endemic species, such as the Roti Island snake neck turtle (Chelodina mccordi), which is presumed to be extinct in the wild. We are currently working with scientists from various organizations to compile a checklist of the herpetofauna of Roti, as well as a description of a new species of lizard from the region.
Snakes of Java
In mid 2020, we published an identification book titled "A Photographic Guide to the Snakes of Java", which clearly shows the diagnostic characters of all the snakes known to occur on Java. The book is available worldwide, and can be purchased through the links below:
Herpetofauna of Cikananga
In 2019, we collaborated with the Cikananga Wildlife Center in Sukabumi, West Java, to produce an annotated checklist of amphibians and reptiles in the area. This was published in the Captive and Field Herpetology Journal, which can be accessed below: