I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Fooble » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:06 am

So unfortunately the rumours of my demise weren't true ( Sorry).

Here are some images from the last week i dragged myself out of the city and dusted off my Camera and made some new friends along the way.

Hello Winter.
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Agama atra - Southern Ground Agama.

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Aparallactus capensis - Cape /Black Headed Centipede Eater.
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Lycophidion capense - Cape Wolf Snake.
Something extremely common but this individual was quite a size (512mm).

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Long Roads and allot of Walking.
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Psammophylax rhombeatus - Rhombic /Spotted Skaapsteker
Not as vividly marked as the specimens from the Western regions of the country but not half bad.

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Perspective isn't always everything.
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Causes rhombeatus - Rhombic Night Adder.
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Dasypletis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater.
As the name suggest "common egg eater" always nice to find and usually quite photogenic.

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"I met this bunch of small kids , none of them could speak English except one of the older ones.
I saw them rushing around the road side in and out of the Aloes running after something.After a while i saw them emerge carrying something in their hands.
Turns out as the older kid explained to me (in broken English) they chase after and catch ( using long sticks and stones) these small birds and take them home and subsequently eat them. Talk about meals for one"

Proudly Displaying Their Catch.

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They insisted on a group shot!
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Arthroleptis wahlbergii - Bush Squeaker.
Both specimens were found within 100m of each other both vary drastically in colour.

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Arthroleptis wahlbergii - Bush Squeaker.
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Natalobatrachus bonebergi - Kloof Frog.
Juvenile Male - Kloof Frog
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Adult female Kloof Frog (in Situ)
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Male Kloof Frog Sitting along side the nest of eggs common sight within the species.
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Tadpole , interestingly these tad poles when ready to " hatch" wriggle themselves free and "plop" down into the water below them.
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Till next time catch you in the Summer.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Blake » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:16 am

Nice finds and some awesome photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Kennyakagera » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:17 am

Some great finds Tyrone as always and great Photography
Nice to see you back
Love that skaapsteker.

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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Mitton » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:33 am

Nice post, great pics again.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Serpent » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:38 am

Great post.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby rolandslf » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:41 am

Great Stuff Tyrone.

I am not a fundi, but isn't that Nightie a Snouted as opposed to Rhombic.
Just Asking.

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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Smeegle » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:24 am

I would tend to agree that it's a snoutie, Roland.

Fooble, nice to see you back! Great pics as usual, thanks for sharing!

Now, just be honest and admit that sexy Cara has been distracting you, lol!
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Kennyakagera » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:05 am

Hi guys,
That Causus is definitely a rhombeatus. Causus defilipii would have a rostal scale more "developed".
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Fooble » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:52 pm

Thanks for the comments guys.

( Except Smeegles ;) )


It's just rhombeatus , defilippi don't occur within a couple 100kms where this was found. As stated it clearly lacks the modified rostral scale on the nose.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby michael » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:03 pm

Thanks for all the great pictures, you really have a talent! It makes me want to get out and start herping a lot more too.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby imperial exotix » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:14 pm

Great post! Stunning animals and pictures as usual.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby D@RRYL » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:45 pm

Awesome post and lovely pics as always, keep them coming.
Kloof frog'' top find! ( looks amazing)
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby LAMB Pythons » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:45 am

Great photos Fooble! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby Westley Price » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:54 pm

Great stuff Mr Ping.

Glad to see you are with us.

In the DRC we had kids chasing after mice similar to your kids chasing the birds. Also for a delicious snack, haha.
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Re: I've Been Lazy - Kwa Zulu Natal Winter 2013

Postby rolandslf » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:21 am

Thanks for clearing that up for me Tyrone. All part of the learning curve.
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