Namaqualand snakes

Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:28 am

These are a few pics of some of the snakes I was lucky enough to find/keep while I was working in Namaqualand. I hope you enjoy

Black color phase Mole Snake Pseudaspis cana found between Stienkopf and Port Nolloth
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Namaqua Dwarf Adders Bitis Schneideri collected for research purposes
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Prosymna frontalis - Southwestern Shovel-snout
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Large gravid female Puff Adder- Bitis Arietans[/i]
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A couple of pics of my pride and joy, Black Spitting Cobra - Naja nigricollis woodi

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Beetze's Tiger Snake - Telescopus beetzi
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Many Horned Adder- Female Bitis Cornuta
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Desert Mountain Adder - Male - Bitis xeropaga

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And finally a Cape Coral Snake Aspedilaps lubricus

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I have a couple of pics of the lizards and gekkos we found in the area which i will post a bit later
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby Fooble » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:41 am

Very nice.


Namaqua Dwarf Adders Bitis Schneideri collected for research purposes


In terms of?

Eagerly waiting your geckos pictures.
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:02 am

Hi Fooble

I helped a Prof. from the Arizona State University collect these and some cornuta as well. I believe he was doing work on ambient temperatures and its influence on reptile activity as well as some other research. Obviously any collection was done with all necessary permits issued by Northern Cape Nature Conservation. I will post the other pics of the lizards and gekkos soon.
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby D@RRYL » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:03 am

man that was awesome! every local snake i love and more. realy great stuff.
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby nvlooi » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:06 am

Just love Namaqualand!

Stunning A. lubricus specimen and what an odd coloured puff adder.

Hurry up with those other pics man...

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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:36 am

Great collection of pictures!

Seems all Northern Cape herpers lovethe "bare foot method," myself included, haha.

That looks like quite a big A. lubricus. What length was it?

Keep the pictures coming!
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby Eyelash » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:15 pm

Man oooo man...Great finds bud...I love the woodi !!!
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:25 pm

Hi Westley

The lubricus in the pic if i recall correctly wasnt that big just over 50cm. We did get quite a few giants though. The biggest was a female of 87cm and there were quite a few 70cm + specimens. Yes N.Cape herpers do love the bare foot method - too busy herping to remember little things like shoes!lol

nvlooi that was the standard puffie color up there. They were also very easy to find if you looked arround the Whistling Rat colonies!

Eyelash thanks i love the woodi's best to!
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby mgiddings » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:59 pm

Incredible! B.schneideri is a species that certainly intrests me. I can not wait for your gecko and lizard photos.
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby Wolf777 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:11 pm

Awesome finds, love the A. lubricus and the dwarf bitis, now hurry up with those other pics lol!!!
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:07 am

Ok i managed to get some more pics loaded. Hope you enjoy

Agama atra Southern Rock Agama

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Pachydactylus mariquensis Marico Gekko

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Typhlosaurus caecus Cuvier's Blind Legless Skink

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Homopus signatus Southern Speckled Padloper

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Gerrhosaurus typicus Dwarf Plated Lizard- mating

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Cordylus polyzonus Karoo Girdled lizard

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I think this one was looking for insects amongst the Dassie droppings

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Bradypodion sp. Dwarf Chameleon

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Trachylepis sulcata - Western Rock Skink

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Perfect cornuta cage setup!

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Finally if you are struggling to breed your cornuta, bring out the romantic in your male, all ladies love flowers !

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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby Westley Price » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:14 am

Another series of great pictures.

I have a few comments though:
The skink you identified as T. ceacus is actually Microacontias litoralis.
The scientific name of the Dwarf Plated Lizard is Cordylosaurus subtesellata. Awesome "action" picture!
The Bradipodion is B. occidentale

I'm not too clued up on tortoises, but looks like you have pictures of both subspecies there, H. s. signatus and H. s. cafer.

Makes me miss home *SIGH*
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:05 am

Thanks for the comments Westley.

Springbok was home to me to for a year. And what an awesome year that was! This area has such special herptofauna i just hope that it will be looked after for the next generations to enjoy as well.
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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby nvlooi » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:11 am

Makes me miss home *SIGH*


Must be sad to see that dry world without you in a pic...

Cordylosaurus subtesellata.

C. subtessellatus

Amazing seeing those C. subtessellatus mating, I've only once manage to capture one.
What time of year was it when you found them mating.

Appreciate the pics.

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Re: Namaqualand snakes

Postby michael » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:40 am

Hi Henco

They were doing the deed early in September i dont recall the eact date. The pic was taken at the Nanaqualand National Park.
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