fast little buggers

fast little buggers

Postby west » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:38 am

i've been trying for a while to get pics of namaqua day gecko's, but these guys are so well camo'd, i only notice them after they move and believe me when they move, they MOVE!!! fast as hell but persistance payed off this weekend. i'm doing a project on the buffels river and while collecting sediment samples i noticed movement on a rock and at last caught one after a long chase around a tiny rock outcrop. felt like a dog chasing my own tail :D
well here he is. enjoy

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Postby Pythonodipsas » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:47 am

Very nice find and pics. One can see the Phelsuma in them.
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Postby Bushviper » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:18 am

Very nice. Pity the skin is so delicate.

You are not the first thing to have tried to catch it if you look at the regenerated tail it has. It also looks as if it is missing a toe on the front left foot.

Yes it does look like a really dull ugly Phelsuma gecko.
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Postby west » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:28 am

ja i saw the damage on him. there was a lot of wild domestic cats (what a paradox) in the area which could have caused it. i also noticed this specimen was a lot duller than the picture in branch's book. nonetheless, i'm still quite chuffed seeing as i have no other pics of these
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Postby armata » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:27 pm

What do you all think is the hardest reptile to catch?

I rate those seps thingies, just darn impossible, one twitch and the're gone!!

I also rate most of the Psammophis faster than the BM
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Postby rubida » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:42 pm

Tony, I must agree that those seps (Tetradactylus spp.) are bloody fast!
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Postby Bushviper » Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:34 pm

I think what makes the seps so difficult to catch is that you dont want to break it in half if it drops its tail so you are more careful. They also disappear in the long grass rather rapidly and blend in very well.
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Postby drummer » Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:32 pm

never had the op to catcha seps, but so far have had a few Psammophis get away haha, fast little buggers that just dissappear.

But none can compare to the cunning and speed of the leopard tortoise....so agile, slipped through my fingers many of a time.
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