First fieldtrip of 2014

First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:44 pm

I once again returned to the beautiful Northern Cape province of South Africa to get away from it all, visit some good friends and of course photograph me some reptiles!

As always Id like to share some of our beautiful countries scenery with you first.

The road is long... almost 1800KM from home, so its a good 17 hour drive.
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My destination was the beautifully situated remote town of Springbok.
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I also paid the nearby Goegap Nature Reserve a visit & went on a 6KM hike to explore the beauty of Namaqualand.
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I spent some time in Port Nolloth, home to the Desert Rain Frog, which became very well known after a video I filmed of the frog gained a few million views on youtube. These secretive creatures however managed to elude me this time round.
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After a few days spent in the coastal town we headed back inland & spent a night camping in an incredibly hot region called Vioolsdrift. In the picture you can see the Orange river & the mountians of Namibia behind it.
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Most of the reptiles found in this region occupy rocky outcrops such as this one.
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Here is some of the herps I managed to find during my visit. First up some gecko species.

Probably my favourite indigenous gecko. While on the move they raise their tails & mimic the venomous scorpions of the region.

Rough gecko - Pachydactylus rugosus
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Quartz gecko - Pachydactylus latirostris
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Bibrons Gecko - Chondrodactylus bibronii
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Webers gecko - Pachydactylus webri
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Giant ground gecko - Chondrodactylus angulifer
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Cape Gecko - Pachydactylus capensis
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The personal highlight of my trip was finding these beautiful geckos!
Barking Gecko - Ptenopus garrulous
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I also managed to photograph a few species of snake, the first species was very high on my wish list!

Cape coral snake - Aspidelaps lubricus
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Schinz's blindsnake - Rhinotyphlops schinzi
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Egg eater - Dasypeltis loveridgei
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Bugeyed House Snake - Boaedon capensis
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Horned adder - Bitis caudalis
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All in all a great way to start the year.
Thanks for looking.

Dean
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Kev » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:35 pm

Awesome Dean, thanks for sharing.
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Jason&Sam » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:22 pm

Fantastic post Dean. Must say the barking gecko is one of my favourite's too. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Kakibos » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:58 pm

An Awesome field trip indeed, love the Cape coral.
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Mitton » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:06 pm

Fantastic photography there Dean, really well done!
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Westley Price » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:57 am

Awesome finds DK.

Love the habitat pics!
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby froot » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:22 am

What a beautiful part of the country and the reptiles there reflect that so well. You have inspired me once again Dean.
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Chopper 1 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:23 pm

You are really talented with a camera :D :shock: Awesome pics!!!
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Nick Evans » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:44 pm

Awesome photos Dean! Makes me want to go to the Northern Cape badly! Thanks for posting!
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Re: First fieldtrip of 2014

Postby Durban Keeper » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:07 pm

Thanks for al the kind words guys! Much appreciated. Had a fantastic time photographing all these critters.
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