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Uncle Tan’s Wildlife Camp – Part 7 of 8

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Night Safari

Night jungle trekking is the most exciting activity of Uncle Tan’s adventure. The forest in the dark is a busy world. Our night safari started at 9 PM, the time where all the creepy creatures such as snakes, spiders, scorpion and centipedes come out to hunt for prey. Our camp area is both a jungle and a flood plain, so the forest floor is wet and muddy. We had to wear rubber boot.

Boot for Night Safari
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Don’t touch the leaves and branches in the dark, as there might be something poisonous hiding in it. We were walking in the dark with torch light. To look for animals, just scan the surrounding with the torch light and look for the relection from animal’s eyes. From the colours of the eye reflection, you can tell what type of animal it is. I’m not sure if I remember correctly. Red colour is small mammals, green colour is snakes, white colour is spider.

Night Safari
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We saw a lot of frogs. It is a good sign. That means there are plenty of bugs. If there are a lot of frogs, it will attract snakes. Too bad we didn’t see any snake that night. We found whip-tailed scorpions in the tree holes. The guide said if he caught a scorpion, he would put it on our hand. Yes, he meant it. This is part of the experience.

Frogs
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Our group moved slowly in the dark. The guide is really good in spotting animals. Sometimes you have to look above your head. We saw the big Ghost Spider. We also found birds such as Kingfisher and Heron. They rest motionless on the tree branches. They were so near that we could catch them by hand, but they didn’t flee, as long as we kept quietly. I tried to take more photos, so I was left behind the group a few times. I wish I could stay longer for more.

Ghost spider
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Leech is not so common there. I was bitten by leech before. They can crawl into your shoes without alerting you, until you feel a bit cold and itchy between your toes (leech sucking blood). They say you need to be “lucky” to get one there. Somehow the fear still made me felt that there was something crawling on my legs. Later a guide showed us a tiger leech he caught. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Leech
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Another “exclusive” experience of this camp is to take shower with the river water. The water is pumped directly from the river. Its colour is a bit yellowish but consider clean. I used it to take shower and brush my teeth, just like other villagers living next to Kinabatangan River. Though I have a weak and sensitive stomach, I didn’t get sick. Of course, you have to filter and boil it before drinking.

Water for shower
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Next day we saw every house along the river got the thing below, hahaha…

Floating toilet
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Photos taken in Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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Borneo Tarantula

Is this a Tarantula (Common Name: Bird Spider)? I saw it many times on the TV, but this was the first time I spotted this big and famous spider. One day I was trekking in a forest on a hill. I decided to stay around after the sunset, coz I knew I would see very different world in the evening, the time most creepy animals came out for meal. The only price I need to pay is to be the free buffet for swarm of mosquitoes.
Spider, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

However, I was surprised to see this hairy spider stayed motionless on a grass. I quickly took a few pictures of it. To get different shooting angle, I carefully moved the grass where it rested. Even though I heard no Sabah people died of spider venomous bite, I didn’t dare to touch it. Once threaten, Tarantula will detach its hair and launch it to the air, which will cause serious irritation if it gets into your nose (by breathing), eyes, or skin.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Luckily it was a shy predator. It tried to run away and hide from me. Soon the day was getting really dark and my camera had problem to focus (XYZ the ISO400 limit), so I used a mini-LED table lamp to light up the place.
Spider, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Does it look BIG in the photos? Haha… actually its body only an inch long (2.5 inches if include legs). But I am not sure if it will grow to a palm size, like its cousin in Americas. Anyway, I beat these are rare pictures coz I haven’t seen the photo of “Borneo Tarantula” in other books and web sites.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Update (Apr 14, 2007)
Last week I found a place where you can spot more than 50 Tarantula spider in less than an hour. Don’t believe me? Let me show you how. Go to Kinabalu National Park around 8 PM or 9 PM. Look for the wooden fence next to the main road. Check out the holes in the wood. Very likely you will find Tarantula with its body partly exposed outside.

Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

All of them are bigger than the one I found in KK. Their size ranges from 3 to 4 or 5 inches.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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