Cruise & herp mission!

Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Durban Keeper » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:35 pm

Spent the weeked herping with Johnny, here's what we found:

Snakes:
Dasypeltis scabra, 2 Live, 1 DOR
Bitis gabonica 1 live
Lamprophis capensis 3 DOR
Dendroaspis angusticeps 1 DOR
Lycophidion capense 1 Live
Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia 1 Live
Philothamnus natalensis 1 DOR
Naja mossambica 1 Live
Mehelya capensis 1 Live
Amblyodipsas polylepis 1 DOR

Frogs:
Phrynomantis bifasciatus
Pyxicephalus adspersus

Best way to start the weekend, a live B. gabonica!
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As you can see were very excited!
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Ushering it off the road.
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Other cool finds:

Rhombic egg eater
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Wolfsnake (huge, measured 480mm)
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Gaboon adder
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Cape filesnake
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Red banded rubber frog
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African bullfrog
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Reptiles Unlimited » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:40 pm

What an awesome weekend guys.

Brilliant finds and great pictures. :-D
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Scavenger » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:46 pm

So jealous Dean, yas looks like you guys had an awesome trip great finds especially the Mehelya capensis and the Bitis gabonica :D
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby mgiddings » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:50 pm

Wow, what a find.

I have tried for B.gabonica on the roads a few times, maybe one day.

Nice finds.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:53 pm

Wow, I have always dreamed of finding either a gabby or a file snake! I never imagined finding both on one trip. Congrats!

What sex was the gaboon?
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Durban Keeper » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:00 pm

Both the gaboon & filesnake was female. It still feels a little unreal that we found all these amazing snakes! Thanks guys.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Mitton » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:17 pm

AMAZING, what awesome finds.
You guys are really lucky.
Nice pics.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Eyelash » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:35 pm

Man oooo man...Now I know who to call up for a herp when I'm in Durbs again haha...
Great finds guy's !
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Rob » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:39 pm

Congrats on a successful trip. Seeing a wild Gaboon is something I've wanted to do for years.

The Bullfrog is P. edulus if I'm not mistaken.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Durban Keeper » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:51 pm

Thanks Rob, used google to try & ID it as I have no clue when it comes to paddas!
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Johan Marais » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:26 pm

Rob is right - sure is P. edulus.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Spider » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:32 pm

Johan Marais? Are you by any chance the same Johan Marais as the author of "Complete guide to snakes of Southern Africa" ?
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby armata » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:46 pm

Ah, so it's still safe to cruise that road then?

Was this after rain?
My record was five young gaboons in one night on that road. But that was in 1982. If its the same road of course.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby Wolf777 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:58 pm

Wow, amazing! Must have been an awesome feeling? Man I have to make a plan and do a nice herping trip.
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Re: Cruise & herp mission!

Postby nvlooi » Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:38 pm

Great trip!

Very happy for seeing more live finds than DOR!!!

Ps. Welcome Johan...
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