I Have Been Looking for You

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KK City Bird Sanctuary has been one of my favourite photography spots coz it got a boardwalk that allows me to explore mangrove forest safely. The first time I went there was back in Jun 2005. Since then, I have been looking for snake and mud lobster in this park. After got disappointed again and again for one year, finally I saw both of them in two days. So excited!

They are not rare species. The reason they are so difficult to spot is that they are only active at night (but the park closes at 6 PM). Below are the pictures of a 8-inch mud lobster. Usually it hides inside a deep burrow during daytime. I was so lucky to see it busy searching for food in the shallow water in the morning.

Mud Lobster

Its color is like a cooked sea lobster. Look delicious but not sure if it is edible. Its Chinese name is “Thunder Crab” (scientific name: Thalassina anomala). It can grow up to 1 feet (30 cm).
Mud Lobster

The next exciting discovery is the Dog Faced Water Snake (scientific name: Cerberus rynchops). I found two of them. The first one is 2-feet long, second one is 1 feet long.
Water Snake

Dog Faced Water Snake is also active at night. I saw them waiting for their prey (e.g. fish, frog, lizard) on the root of the mangrove tree. This snake lives in water. If you look at the photos below, you will notice that they keep most of their body in the water. The first snake was about 7 feet away from me.
Water Snake

Below are the photos of the second snake. It was only 1.5 feet away from my camera. Later I walked into the water to take closer picture of it. It was alert and dived into the water 2 feet away from me. The water was so muddy and unclear, so I was not sure where it went (it could be next to my foot). Had to walk away carefully.
Water Snake

But no worry. This snake is poisonous but its venom is not strong enough to kill a human, and it is not aggressive. Do you think its face looks like dog? Wonder if it can bark. Its brown body makes it looks like tree branch, so you have to look really hard to spot them.
Water Snake

Another weird thing that I saw was the bug below. I think I may have seen it before. The way it swims is very funny. You can check out the video clip.
Bug

6 thoughts on “I Have Been Looking for You

  1. I would like to ask, when you mean KK Bird Sanctuary, do you mean the one near Signal Hill near Likas Stadium? I pass by that place almost everyday but I’ve never been there =P would love to know. Thanks in advance!!

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    PS: I like your pics =)

  2. Bob, if u heading to KK and passby the roundabout in front of Likas Sport Complex’s big swimming pool, u will see the “Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary” signboard at the left of the road, before u reach the traffic light near Likas Square. after u take the left turn, go straight for about 100 meters, u will see the KKCBS office. The park is just behind the office.

  3. May i know you have any other mud lobster photo from Sabah beside the photo posted above here. I would like to have some photo can view the dorsal part of the mud lobster (but the photo above can’t see clearly because the lobster is inside the water). i just want to know what species of mud lobster can found at Sabah. I’m Phd student from University Malaya doing research on Mudlobster. I seldom seen mud lobster outside the burrow. It will come out when is raining heavily or flood because this creature don’t like freshwater. It is raining heavily at that time or the day before when u took the photo? if you have some photo can you e-mail it to me? my email: moh_@um.edu.my. Thank you.

  4. Hi Moh, thanks for reading my blog. I got the photo of mud lobster after a heavy morning rain. Unfortunately, that’s the only time I saw mud lobster in whole, so I don’t have more photo. I always want to get a close-up shot of it. There are somebody who trap mud lobster for food, hopefully I can get their help to dig out this little odd creative. Will let you know. 🙂

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