Herping Around Gauteng

Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Matt Robinson » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:21 am

The East Rand has had some good rains lately. These are some of the herps that we have found for the season so far.

Rhombic Egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra)

This first one had a nice colour to it

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Cross-Marked Grass Snake (Psammophis crucifer)

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Common Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus)

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Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)

It just wouldn't be a day out without finding these

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Transvaal Girdled Lizard (Cordylus vittifer)

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Rhombic Skaapsteker (Psammophylax rombeatus rombeatus)

These were incredibly common. You can literally find several under one rock.

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Wahlberg's Snake-eyed Skink (Afroablepharus wahlbergii)

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Black-headed Centipede-eater (Aparallactus capensis)

Wish there were more of these to control the vast amount of centipedes that we saw. (Not a fan of Centipedes) ;)

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Thin-tailed Legless Skink (Acontias gracilicauda) ID Confirm please

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Have been trying to find the Highveld Garter Snake but no luck yet. Hopefully this season.
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Mitton » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:31 am

Those are great finds, thanks for posting.
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby levi_20 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:53 am

Really nice finds, I like that first eggy!
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:58 am

Very nice selection of species. I like the girdled lizard. Has the genus Cordylus not been renamed Smaug ?
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Matt Robinson » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:33 pm

Not all of the Girdled Lizards were moved to a different genus.

Have a look at the paper in the below link named Stanley.pdf. (Page 67 has a schematic showing the relationships)

viewtopic.php?f=81&t=24766&hilit=smaug&start=15
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:47 pm

I see, so am I correct in assuming that it was the creation of a new genus with some species placed in it, rather than a renaming of the entire genus ?
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Westley Price » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:53 am

Great finds Matt. I have only seen a few A. gracilicauda, but you specimen doesn't look like this species. It actually resembles A. plumbeus more, although I see they're not supposed to occur in Gauteng. But morphologically I recon it is A. plumbeus.

Predator, there were quite a few new genera created that were previously included in Cordylus, and Cordylus also remained.

Here's a screenshot I posted a while back:

Westley Price wrote:From "Between a rock and a hard polytomy: Rapid girdled lizards (Squamata: Cordylidae)" 2011

By Edward L. Stanley, Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, William R. Branch, P. Le Fras N. Mouton

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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby reptile » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:17 am

Amazing finds! The Herald looks tiny...
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:29 pm

Nice collection of finds Matt.Thanks for the post.
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Re: Herping Around Gauteng

Postby Matt Robinson » Fri May 15, 2015 9:11 am

Westley, sorry about the very late reply. I sent some photos of the Acontias to JM. He thinks it is A. gracilicauda.

Some finds from a few weeks ago:

Delalande's Sandveld Lizard (Nucras lalandii)

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Another Transvaal Girdled Lizard (Cordylus vittifer)

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