Kimberley Rep's

Kimberley Rep's

Postby Mongoose » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:00 pm

So today my old man and I aswell as the garden boy went tipping mounds looking for snakes.

We got 2 Cape Centipede eaters which is a range extension for them.

We found 3 Egg eaters which we have very seldom found before in the Kimberley region.

We found 2 Cape Wolf snakes aswell which are very common here.

We also found 3 Cape thick toed geckos.

Here are some pics to follow. All these records will be submitted to SARCA.

Cape Thick-toed geckos P.capensis
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Cape Centipede eater A.capensis

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Cape Wolf snake L.capense

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Rhombic Egg eater D.scabra

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Postby rubida » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:26 pm

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Well done mate! :)

Very interesting about Aparallactus capensis…consult Angelo Lambiris and Marius Burger concerning its extended distribution. Something to be published in the HAA herp news.
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:10 pm

You can bottle the injured Centipede eater because it is probably not going to survive in any case. That way there is a museum specimen as reference.
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Postby Rob » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:12 pm

Nice one Mr Mongoose
That Wolf snake looks different to the ones we get up here, ours are more brown. Yours are cooler.
I dont suppose you made him chuck up whatever was in his belly there?
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Postby Mongoose » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:21 pm

Yes the ones here are very black and they do not get big at all (nor do the house snakes).

The one in the photo is a female and nope she did not regurge.
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Postby Mongoose » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:19 pm

Alright so on the 11 August, we went herping again. 60km's east of Kimberley.

We found:

1x DOR Striped Skaapsteker
2x Brown house snake
1x Delalande's Beaked blind snake
1x Cape thick toed Gecko

Brown House snakes
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Dad and Brown House snakes
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Postby armata » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:44 pm

Were the house snakes active or underneath something?

get any DNA from that skaapstecker?

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Postby Mongoose » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:47 pm

The house snakes were in a Termite mound.

Unfortunately we did not get any DNA, We have been staying in Kimberley for 10 years and it's the first time ive seen one here, so im hoping to head to that area again and find some more.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:43 pm

Wow David - I only saw this whole post now. Nice catches initially, yet the house snakes are such a beautiful color. I really like them!

I hope you find more Striped Skaapstekers.

Were those house snakes together in a termitaria? Are they a pair?
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Postby Mongoose » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:47 pm

Yes they were a pair and both were found in a termite mound.
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Postby snake-5 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:35 am

Awesome, iv caught numerous spotted skaapies but never a striped nice finds.
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Postby Cradle of life » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:54 am

Bushviper wrote:You can bottle the injured Centipede eater because it is probably not going to survive in any case. That way there is a museum specimen as reference.


DITTO, obviously been digging up mounds and not tipping them. Just remember that wrecks any future home for animals when one digs the mounds up with a fork. And for your records i have found centipede eaters at Delportshoop as well (about 60km west of kimberly).

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Re: Kimberley Rep's

Postby Wolf777 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:11 am

You guys realise this post is about 3 years old right?

Do snakes live in active termite mounds or are they always empty before a snake moves in, something I've always wondered about but never asked?
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Re: Kimberley Rep's

Postby Fooble » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:49 pm

Wolf777 wrote:You guys realise this post is about 3 years old right?

Do snakes live in active termite mounds or are they always empty before a snake moves in, something I've always wondered about but never asked?


Wolf hitting termite mounds which are in use is poor practice as that destroys all the micro habitat of the ants , dead mounds are the only ones we sometimes hit and there are many things other then snakes which use these too.
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Re: Kimberley Rep's

Postby Wolf777 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:38 pm

Yeah I've never done it myself, just curious. I've heard that monitors will lay their eggs in active mounds and was just wondering wether other herps will live in them and not get bothered by the termites.
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