Northern Cape Herping

Northern Cape Herping

Postby Westley Price » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:10 pm

I moved to Aggeneys, Northern Cape, early this year, and although I grew up in the region, there are some nice herps that I picked up this first week I was here. These pics are just the highlights.

Chondrodactylus angilufer

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Ptenopus maculatus

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Rhinotyphlops schinzi

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Dasypeltis scabra (unusually patterned)

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I'm looking forward to the next few years here!
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Bushbaby » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:53 am

Cool man! Love the little geckos!! That Egg Eater looks rather skinny though :(
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:03 am

Hi BB. I took the pic so that people wouldnt see, but this eggy was missing an eye. It looked like an old injury so I thought I'd let him be. He was still quite lively and it's not like eggs run away so I think he has a fighting chance.

Maybe I shouldve taken him home, but I dont want to get in trouble for trying to help
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Durban Keeper » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:25 am

I agree, he's managed on his own up until now, why change things, though it's sad to see him that thin :-( wonder how he lost his eye?
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Rob » Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:17 pm

Maybe a crow pecked it out :) Shame poor guy.

Nice stuff Westley, look forward to seeing what else you get.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:02 am

A bit west for this species, but found this while roadcruising during the week

Pachydactylus capensis. I thought it was a C. bibronii at first glance as I've found quite a few of them around, but luckily I took a second look.

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Also found a nice A. lubricus and a DOR T. beetzi.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:05 pm

A few more critters I stumbled across while walking and road cruising.

A tiny DOR Dipsina multimaculata

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I noticed a very light coloured Ptenopus while driving, so I pulled over. I picked up this little fellow. Luckily I had water in the car and could quickly help him.

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Some more pics of Ptenopus garralus in daylight.

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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Bushviper » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:39 pm

Shame that barking gecko is not used to mud. If you look at the "feathers" on the toes you can understand why the mud would cake on them.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Durban Keeper » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:42 pm

That last pick is amazing. Nice finds, you stay in a wonderful part of the country! I'm jealous!
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby BushSnake » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:55 pm

That really is a monster Dipsina! It is always great to read this thread...although it has a tendency to turn me into a horrible shade of green!
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:28 am

Thanx for the comments everyone. I have a few more pics that I will post at a later stage which is sure to make you even more green! Haha.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Trayton » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:25 am

Hey Wes, again another great post!

I see the first Ptenopus you said was P.maculatus and the second one was P.garrulas...i think they've been elevated to full species status instead of sub-species but i wouldn't be 100% sure.Regardless are you these two different sub-species or the same one?
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:39 am

Hi Trayton. You're right that they are both the same gecko.

To be honest, I'm not too sure which species (ssp?) they are. The physical description matches P. garrulus, but they were found in maculatus country.

Apologies for the mistake. Any other thoughts on which it is would be appreciated.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Mitton » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:57 am

westley wrote:Thanx for the comments everyone. I have a few more pics that I will post at a later stage which is sure to make you even more green! Haha.
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Re: Aggeneys Herping

Postby Westley Price » Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:35 am

Okay here's a bit to make you a tiny bit jealous.

This nice yellow C. polyzonus. I almost thought it as an albino when I saw it in the crevice. then I noticed the dark spots characteristic of polyzonus. He jumped out of my hand right after this pic so I didnt get a better pic. Sorry.

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And here's a nice little P. rugosus. Lovely little geckos with hordes of attitude!

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Is that enough mittone? ;)
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