Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:56 pm

Thanks levi.
Haha Thanks Fooble, I followed your advice and went to check out at the BG there are Bradypodion everywhere as you said ... But that one that I photographed I found it inside a rotting log in the forest probably in brumation... Funny animals...
Thanks for the challenge I will keep it in mind ;)
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Serpent » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:47 pm

Awesome pics Kenny!
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:35 am

Hi guys,

Sorry for the delay between each posts, but varsity life keeps me busy. I am loving your South african species up to now I got 18 species of snakes which bring my total to about 45 species (excluding captive obviously). I hope to get to 50 by the end of the year, I will be in KZN for a week soon so hopefully I will find a few news species there.
Anyway here is an update of the species I have found around here. I have traveled quite a bite around the western cape so few of these are quite far from George.
These is gonna be quite a heavy post. Please correct my Ids if any wrong ones.
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Amphibians
Heleophryne regius
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Amieta spp.
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Semnodactylus wealii
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Serpentes
Duberria lutrix (Slug eater)
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Lycodonomorphus rufulus (Brown water snake)
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Crotaphopeltis hotemboeia (Herald snake)
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Prosymna sundevalii
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Psammophis notostictus
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Causus rhombeatus (Rhombic night Adder)
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"Black mamba" night adder
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DOR Aspidelaps lubricus
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Dispholidus typus typus found in the pine plantation. (Only reptile I have ever found in the plantation...)
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Dispholidus typus typus getting a bit of a chewing session.
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Dispholidus typus typus male found in the fynbos
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My first and only Bitis atropos (Berg adder) and didnt have my camera with :smt021
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Bitis arietans (Puff adder)
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Bitis arietans juvenile male (Puff adder)
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Sauria

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Cordylus cataphractus
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Trachylepis homalocephala
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Bradypodion spp. (guturale)
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Nucras tellesatta
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Cordylus cordylus (cape girdled lizard)
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Pachydactylus geitje
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Chelonians
Leopard tortoise
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Angulate tortoie
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Tented tortoise
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Invertebrate
Female Harpactira spp. (Baboon spider)
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Male Harpactira spp. (Baboon spider)
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Bushviper » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:50 am

Great set of pictures. Looks like this was fun.
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Awesome finds man and some great photography, especially the Amphibians!

That is one pretty little atropos you found. Very nice, distinct patterns.

My favourite find is the Ghost Frog. Stunning!
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:44 pm

Thanks Arno, it is lots of fun to herp around here.
Thanks Westley, that little atropos was a beaut I'm so mad I didn't have my camera with ! I have to agree with you these ghost frog are pretty special ...
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Mitton » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:35 pm

GREAT photography, really great shots man!

I must agree, that Berg Adder is a beauty!
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Lourance Klose » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:59 pm

Another really nice set of photo's. I also really like the Ghost Frog shot, A different take on what we normally see.
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:09 am

Thanks Mitton and Laurence, much appreciated I was very happy with that find, I have looked for them quite a lot and I only know of a tiny little area where they occur. Seems like I can't find them anywhere else. They are little beauts, I just love their eyes.
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Fooble » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:20 am

Great set of images Kenny!
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Nick Evans » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:58 am

Those are some really nice finds Kenny! Pity you didn't have your camera with you when you found the Berg Adder!
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:52 pm

Thanks guys.
Here is an update of the latest finds.
Jka came down for an afternoon, and he had 3 target species Causus rhombeatus, Breviceps fuscus and Bitis atropos. The weather wasn't on our side so we couldn't go look for atropos but fortunately we manage to find the two other target and some other interesting herps.

Target 1. Breviceps fuscus, my first rain frogs found two under a rock as I was turning the rock they were retreating in their "borrow" just had to dig them out then. Such amazing frogs.
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Xenopus laevis, common platanna.
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Afrixalus knysnae, Knysna leaf-folding frogs
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Cacosternum nanum, Bronze caco.
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Hyperolius marmoratus
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Lycodonomorphus rufulus, Brown water snake in Bokkie kamp wetland.
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Crotaphopeltis hotemboeia, Herald snake
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Target 2. Causus rhombeatus, Rhombic night adder. Relatively common on campus just have to look at the right place.
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Afrogecko porphyreus, marbled leaf-toed guecko.
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Red sided skink
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George dam
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Fooble » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Great Post Kenny!
Makes me miss that area jealous of those Afrixalus they avoid me everytime i visit.
What lens are you shooting with btw?
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:52 pm

Tyrone, you must come in this period of time, they are absolutely every where at the moment.
Mate, I'm using a cr@p lens unfortunately just a normal 18-55.
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Re: Western Cape-George, saasveld.

Postby Nick Evans » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:05 am

Nice going Kenny! Those Knysna Leaf-folders are high on my wish list!
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