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Posted: 05 Apr 2007 Topic: Malaysia Fauna



Hi everybody....

This is my first posting here. The reptile and exotic keeping hobby is still new in Malaysia but nevertheless we do have a lot of enthusiast here. We belong to a group called Malaysia Fauna which tries to get all reptile and exotic enthusiast together. At present we have about 400 members and  mostly are active in the group.

Should you guys have any enquiries about the fauna and flora of Malaysia, please do forward your enquiries to me.

Thanks.



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Posted: 05 Apr 2007 Topic: Snake Hooks



We don't have anybody in Malaysia who deals in reptile equipments thus we don't have snake hooks here. Most of us had to buy from overseas and it costs a bomb. Alternatively, we DIY our snake hooks from golf clubs and stainless steel rods. Here's my DIY snake hooks which I also sell to some of Malaysia Fauna members. Here's what it looks like.....



I call them the "Uncle Herp Series Snake Hook"....

And here's my son with my 2 feet stainless steel hook....





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Posted: 05 Apr 2007 Topic: Malaysia Fauna



We would be honoured to have people here come and visit us in Malaysia. We would be glad to arrange a herping trip in Malaysian jungles. We have had a few herping trips within our group already. Do visit our forum site if you have the time....


Uncle Herp
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Posted: 05 Apr 2007 Topic: Snake Hooks



[QUOTE=martin g]

I dont use snake hooks, but I am an engineer in design.  Heres an idea that just occured to me when I checked out those 'carbon' hooks.

Find an old fishing rod, they tend to be very light (glass fibre or carbon) and hollow, any junk shop or shed.  Remove the eyelets (for the fishing line) this gives you a blank, very strong but very light stick, usually around a metre long.  Make your hook from hollow steel tube available from any hardware shop, insert and Araldite it in place.  You can sleeve the hook with clear plastic hose (aquarium shop) to protect the animals should you wish.

 [/QUOTE]

I have been trying all kinds of epoxy based glue/bonding compound but still my hook could not stand twisting movement or the eopxy will actually break. Is Araldite good in solving my problem cause we do have Araldite selling at hardwares shops in Malaysia. If using the compound, how can I bond the inner side of the golf shaft and the stainless steel hook part?






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Posted: 09 Apr 2007 Topic: Sitting on the fence - new species?



Nice lizard but different from the Fence Lizard we have in Malaysia.. Ours are the Calotes versicolor species. I keep a couple of them in my terrarium. It's fun watching them especially at feeding time !!!





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Posted: 12 Apr 2007 Topic: Snake Hooks



I wish to thank everybody here who have answered my question. I spoke to a guy at one of the hardware stores and he recommended an epoxy called Epoxyclay - Steel (the package claims that it has steel in them). It is practically like the modelling clay with 2 layers. Cut and mix them together just like those modelling clays until the 2 layers mix together nicely and apply. I fill the end of the shaft (of the golf club) with the epoxy and practically stuff the end of the hook into the shaft. It dries in 3-5 minutes and cures completely in 24 hours. When cured it looks and feels like a rock !!! I believe I have found the solution to my snake hook jointing problem. 


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Posted: 13 Apr 2007 Topic: Snake Hooks



Hi guys.... I use the snake hook mainly for herping. It is quite dangerous to poke one's hand into nook and crannies in the Malaysian jungle. As so, we use snake hooks. Even rat snakes can be quite aggressive here especially the wild ones. Although I don't keep hot herps, there are some friends that I know do. I make these hooks for them. 

As for me, the thrill of making the hooks myself is part of the fun. I even put labels on my hook that reads "UNCLE HERP SNAKE HOOK" and proud of my hand-made hooks. Each one is unique !!



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