Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Fooble » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:35 am

Myself And Scavenger had been planning a this trip for ages, of course like all good plans we didn't stick to them at all
and landed up planning our route day by day.

We travelled some 1800km's from Durban Through The Eastern Cape.
Road cruising for snakes at didn't prove fruitful at all, hot Karoo Days turned into Afternoon Thunder showers with cold evenings.

We found the following species :

Lamprophis capensis -Brown House Snake
Lamprophis inornatus - Olive House Snake
Lamprophis aurora - Aurora House Snake
Leptotyphlops nigricans - Cape Worm Snake
Naja nivea - Cape Cobra
Psammophis crucifer Cross marked Whip Snake
Pachydactylus maculatus - Spotted Thick toed gecko
Chondrodactylus bibronii - Bibrons Gecko.
Hemidactylus mabouia - Tropical House Gecko
Lygodactylus capensis - Cape Dwarf gecko
Afrogecko sp.
Trachylepis sulcata - Western Rock Skink
Acontias meleagris orientalis - Striped Legless Skink
Pseudocordylus microlepidotus
Cordylus cordylus - Cape Girdled Lizard
Varanus albigularis - Rock Monitors
Agama atra Southern Ground Agama
Chersina angulata - Angulate Tortoises
Geochelone pardalis - Leopard Tortoise
Pelomedusa subrufa - Marsh Terrapin
Kassina sengalensis - Bubbling Kassina
Strongylopus grayii Clicking Stream Frog.


Acontias meleagris orientalis

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Pachydactylus maculatus

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Gravid Female With Eggs At Communal nest site.
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Lygodactylus capensis - Cape Dwarf gecko
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Hemidactylus mabouia
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Chondrodactylus bibronii Habitat
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Angry Chondrodactylus
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Varanus albigularis

First Road Kill Monitor we found thsi guy was still much alive but the lower half of it's jaw was broken.
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Another Monitor.
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Pseudocordylus Basking Early morning.
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Cordylus cordylus - Basking
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Agama atra

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Habitat
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Lamprophis inornatus - Olive House Snake

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Psammophis crucifer

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Lamprophis aroura
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Lamprophis capensis
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Naja nivea
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Geochelone pardalis
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Chersina angulata
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Habitat
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Kassina senegalensis Bubbling Kassina
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DOR - Aardwolf
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Wind Mill.
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Not So Vegetarian after all ;)
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby charl.dbn » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:07 am

haha awesome pictures bud..i would love to just jump in my car and cruise..pitty about some of those dead animals though..
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:18 am

Very nice pics. Even with little road-cruising you still got a nice species list. BTW. The P. crucifer pic looks to me like P. notostictus.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Mitton » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:21 am

Sounds like it was a good trip, nice pics.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Silvrav » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:35 am

Hey Fooble

Sould've given me a call while you were crusing through the EC... Can show you some nice spots.

And nice pictures.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby alexander » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:39 am

Great post
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Fooble » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:41 am

Pythonodipsas wrote:Very nice pics. Even with little road-cruising you still got a nice species list. BTW. The P. crucifer pic looks to me like P. notostictus.


Thanks Craig, Sam also had some disagreement with me on the Psammophis ID.
Reason i went with my initial ID was the ventral coloration of this snake was bright orange which is consistent with P.crucifer ive found in the past. I've never found P.notostictus so i wouldn't know how to differentiate between the two can you give me some insight?

Silvrav - I guess that would have been a good idea next time ;)

Mitton - That defender is a BEAST we were quite upset it wasn't ready before the trip or else we would have taken it.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby sega » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:38 pm

Great pics that naja nivea has insane colour pity its dead :( .
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:22 pm

Tyrone I think it is P. notostictus because of the slender build (crucifer are usually fatter and more chunky) - Also the white facial markings seem typical for notostictus. I have also found them often and this resembles one.

In what habitat was it found? P. notostictus seem also more common in dry karroid regions whereas P. crucifer prefers moister montane and coastal grasslands.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:36 pm

Very cool post Fooble!

I also feel that Psammophis is is P. notostictus.

I had a look at the A. atra pics and I have a feeling that might be A.aculeata. A. atra have smaller tubercles on the back and they usually aren't in such straight rows, but rather scattered.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Fooble » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:05 pm

Thanks for the Info Craig.
Well that one was found on the road ( see pic of the road alongside is habitat more drier karroid as you say.
Thanks though i didnt even realise it!

Thanks Wes you may be right also.

I must say some of these animals i ahve never found so i feel like quite the n00b now messing up the ID's ;)
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:11 pm

Haha, you also ID'd the olive-coloured snake wrong.

It's not Lamprophis inornatus, it's Lycodonomorphus inornatus :twisted:
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Fooble » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:18 pm

westley wrote:Haha, you also ID'd the olive-coloured snake wrong.

It's not Lamprophis inornatus, it's Lycodonomorphus inornatus :twisted:


Hay! Easy there Ive seen the paper but for the majority of the forum who haven't i was not going t confuse!

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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Scavenger » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:14 pm

Wow nice pics Tyrone was definitely an awesome trip :) My pics will have to wait till I organise a better internet connection.
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Re: Trip Through The Eastern Cape

Postby Bushviper » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:07 pm

Fooble wrote:
westley wrote:Haha, you also ID'd the olive-coloured snake wrong.

It's not Lamprophis inornatus, it's Lycodonomorphus inornatus :twisted:


Hay! Easy there Ive seen the paper but for the majority of the forum who haven't i was not going t confuse!

Thanks --- :smt021


Next time just call them L. inornatus.
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