Roadtrip

Roadtrip

Postby Durban Keeper » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:48 pm

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Namaqualand has stolen my heart & even in winter it is still abundant in the most colorful of reptile life. We were lucky enough to be their in their flower season. Enjoy the pics & please feel free to correct any wrong ID's as all these species are new to me.

Platysaurus broadleyi - Augrabies Flat Lizard ( Augrabies Falls)
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Trachylepis sulcata – Western Rock Skink
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Agama Atra – Southern Rock Agama
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Cordylus polyzonus – Karoo gridled Lizard
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Pachydactylus weberi – Weber’s gecko
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Pachydactylus serval – western Spotted Gecko
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Goggia rupicola – Namaqualand Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko
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Ptenopus garrulous – Barking Gecko (Port Nolloth)
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Chondrodactylus bibronii – Bibrons Gecko
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Acontias meleagris orientalis – Striped legless skink
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Chersina angulata - Angulate Tortiose
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Homopus signatus – Speckled padloper
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Psammophis notostictus – Karoo Whip Snake
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Bitis cornuta – Many Horned Adder.
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Hadogenes phyllodes - Namaqualand flat rock scorpion
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Opistophthalmus pallipes - Namaqua burrowing scorpion.
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Flowers!
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Kevin Lancaster » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:58 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful part of the country. Some of the pics almost look like studio shots. Well done.
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Scavenger » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:13 pm

WOW!!! Dean you don't understand how jealous I am well done and great pictures :D
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Wolf777 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:15 pm

Now this is what I'm talking about! Great post Dean!
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Mitton » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:10 am

Stunning shots! Love the last Adder pic.
That Barking Gecko is a nice find.
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Jamster » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:20 am

I like how that Namaqualand dwarf leaf-toed gecko blends in with the ground, awesome pics man :D
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Fooble » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:45 am

Very nice man!
Love the gecko photo's, that Acontias skink is a winner too!
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Bushviper » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:00 am

Makes us all want to go to visit there. I still believe in the "lead us not into temptation" part so will rather just appreciate your pictures.
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Westley Price » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:52 pm

Cool finds for this part of the year!

I think the Striped Legless Skink is Acontias L. tristis though.

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Re: Roadtrip

Postby ClintonT » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:43 am

Stunning pictures DK. Hope you have more to come!! Both Celeste and I really like the one of the Cordylus polyzonus – Karoo gridled Lizard. So cool how you captured the landscape in the distance.
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby TH » Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:59 am

Awesome photos and finds DK - I'm feeling quite green being stuck in the office and not being able to get out there and go and scratch around myself... :-D
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby poobsta » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:53 pm

Love the photo of the Cordylus polyzonus. Brilliant picture!. And some amazing herps ! Good stuff DK
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:56 pm

First off, I want to correct some of my ID's. The Cordylus polyzonus is infact Karusasaurus polyzonus. The Acontias is Acontias tristis ,the Namaqua Dwarf Legless Skink as kindly pointed out By Westley. The Pachydactylus serval is infact also Pachydactylus weberi Just with different colour & markings & lastly, the Barking gecko is Ptenopus garrulus maculatus , the Spotted Barking Gecko. Thanks to Johan Marais for the correct ID's. Now that thats out of the way I just want to say thanks for all the kind words, I obviously had the time of my life finding & photographing all these herps. Where possible I tried to incorporate the herps into the landscape for my photo's as opposed to just taking closeups of the animals.

One last thing, just wanted to put the size of the padlopertjie into perspective. Here it is pictured sitting length wise across my index & middle finger! When we found it I was dumbstruck as I have never seen anything quite as small & perfect as this little fellow.

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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Wolf777 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:06 pm

That right there is one of those special moments that makes you experience what it means to be alive...
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Re: Roadtrip

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:42 pm

Could not have said it better my friend!
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