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Giant Legless Skink?

Recently I participated in a South African Butterfly Conservation Assessment http://sabca.adu.org.za/ survey of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. We saw 123 species of butterfly & a bunch of other cool stuff. We saw very few reptiles but we did come across this specimen which I think is a Giant Le...
by Hobbes
Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Kwazulu Natal
Topic: Giant Legless Skink?
Replies: 3
Views: 1849

That mantid is awesome. Do you know about the SA Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA)? It's like SARCA & they'd be interested in having any butterfly pics submitted to their virtual museum. See: http://sabca.adu.org.za/
by Hobbes
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:52 am
 
Forum: Limpopo
Topic: To counter the exotics...
Replies: 13
Views: 3263

New Spitting Cobra Naja ashei found in Kenya

New Spitting Cobra Naja ashei found in Kenya. This has been reported on a number of sites, I found it on the Australian ABC news site. Story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/08/2113448.htm.
by Hobbes
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:45 am
 
Forum: Cobras (Naja sp.)
Topic: New Spitting Cobra Naja ashei found in Kenya
Replies: 1
Views: 808

Yes I have the new Marais & Alexander guide -an improvement over the old Bill Branch guide though disappointing for me in the lumping of species together without adequate individual descriptions or range maps. I have submitted a number of pics to SARCA already.
by Hobbes
Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Somerset West
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Yes, I'm well aware of the relevant laws & I'm not interested in collecting; just looking & photographing. I am particularly interested in geckos, in Australia I kept Nephrurus mili (Thick-tailed Geckos), Heteronotia binoei (Bynoe's Gecko), Phyllurus platurus (Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko), Di...
by Hobbes
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Somerset West
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Hi from Somerset West

Hi. I'm an Australian working in Somerset West (near Cape Town) & am looking for a local to do some field herping with. Let me know if you're interested.
by Hobbes
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Somerset West
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

It may be calcium deficiency. At least, I've had this happen with Australian Diplodactylus geckos. Up the calcium supp. No idea about your species, but many Diplodactylus sp. do better with UV light as well.
by Hobbes
Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Geckos
Topic: My painted geckos
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Info & a brief review of Leeming's scorpion book can be seen at: http://www.wildwatch.com/resources/reviews/scorpionsSA.asp Another spider book is: Spiderwatch in Southern Africa by Astri & John Leroy Struik Publishers, Cape Town. Again brief info & a review can be found at: http://www.w...
by Hobbes
Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Invertebrates
Topic: Best fieldguide/book on spiders and scorpions in SA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1519

Oh, and rather oddly- the article also implies that bearded dragons are too!

Hobbes
by Hobbes
Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Exotic Lizards
Topic: Venomous Lizard
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

For a bit more info see: http://www.smh.com.au/news/science/venom-research-badmouths-goannas/2005/11/17/1132016892739.html

Seems like all monitors are involved.

Interesting- can't believe it took this long for someone to actually look at their anatomy properly!

Hobbes
by Hobbes
Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Exotic Lizards
Topic: Venomous Lizard
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

I'll wait for the peer reviewed published research before getting to excited.
by Hobbes
Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:29 pm
 
Forum: Exotic Lizards
Topic: Venomous Lizard
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

Stefan wrote:can you see it now


no.
by Hobbes
Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:03 am
 
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: SARCA field trips
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

Is it just me? Where is the attachment "SARCA-volunteers-trips.xls" spoken of?
by Hobbes
Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:52 am
 
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: SARCA field trips
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

My vote too is for the Malayan Pit Viper Calloselasma rhodostoma

See:
York, D.S. and G.M. Burghardt. 1988. "Brooding in the Malayan pit viper, Calloselasma rhodostoma: temperature, relative humidity, and defensive behavior." Herpetological Journal (1):210-214.
by Hobbes
Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:25 am
 
Forum: Debate, Quiz and Competition Forum
Topic: Quiz 11
Replies: 10
Views: 1813

Tatiana wrote:wow BV those are beautiful.
Where do they originate from???


The Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda is found in Northern Madagascar, the Comoros Is, & in the Seychelles.

Good sites are:
http://www.daygecko.com/
http://www.phelsumaweb.com/
by Hobbes
Sun Oct 23, 2005 2:59 am
 
Forum: Geckos
Topic: Gold Dust Day geckos
Replies: 14
Views: 3146
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