Zululand finds!

Zululand finds!

Postby Nick Evans » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:05 pm

I've been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in Zululand over the past few months, mainly at Umkhumbi Lodge in Hluhluwe, and Amangwane in Kosi Bay, but I also visited St.Lucia and the Ongoye Forest. Managed to find some interesting things...

Intermediate Shield-nose Snake (Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius). The last snake I expected to see in KZN! Definitely the highlight of the year for me so far, and I think it may stay that away!

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East-African Egg-eater (Dasypeltis medicii)

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East-African Shovel-snout (Prosymna stuhlmanii)

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Marbled Tree Snake (Dipsadoboa aulica)

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Common Purple-glossed Snake (Amblyodipsas polylepis)

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Southern Stiletto Snake (Atractaspis bibronii)

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Olive Grass Snake (Psammophis mossambicus)

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Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)

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Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera)

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Juvenile

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Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca)

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Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica)

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Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

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Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus) eating a Painted Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus taeniatus)

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Some interesting but sad DOR's...

Floodplain Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus obscuriventris)

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Decoster's Garter Snake (Elapsoidea sundevalli decosteri)

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Umlalazi Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion caeruleogula)

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Setaro's Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion setaroi)

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Giant Legless Skink (Acontius plumbeus)

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Wahlberg's Snake-eyed Skink (Panaspis wahlbergi)

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Van Dam's Round-headed Worm Lizard (Zygaspis vandami)

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Rock Monitor (Varanus albigularis)

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Pickersgill's Reed Frog (Hyperolius pickersgilli)

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Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus)

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Delicate Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus delicatus)

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Red-legged Kassina (Kassina maculata)

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Bushsqueaker (Arthroleptis wahlbergi)

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Carrion Beetles eating a Rock Monitor

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Ongoye Forest

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Isimangaliso Wetland Park

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View from Bat's Cave

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Inside the cave...

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False Bay

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Kosi Bay

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Working with the Blue Planet film crew filming Spitters in Hluhluwe.

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Definitely my favourite part of the world!
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby ENZO » Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:18 pm

Brilliant pics.

Love the Egg eater
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Mehelya » Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:32 am

Awesome pics, Nick. Amazing find with that Aspidelaps. How far out of recorded range is it, if I may ask, without giving away locality? Sure those DORs will be live next time.
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Nick Evans » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:44 am

Thanks!

Mehelya, I'm not too sure. They've been recorded in Swaziland, this one was about 200km's from there. I think one may have been found near Pongola in the 60's. This one wasn't as far inland as that.
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Westley Price » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:23 am

Great finds and great pics!

The Bradypodion and Zygaspis are awesome finds! Well, they're all awesome finds, but those are my favourites.

Thanx for sharing.

Out of interest, does anyone know whether the new genera (or rather subgenera) for cobras is accepted yet? If it has, then your Snouted Cobra would be Uraeus annulifera, your Forest Cobra would be Boulengerina melanoleuca and the Mozam would be Afronaja mossambica. All three new subgenera in one trip, how crazy is that, haha.
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Nick Evans » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:45 am

Thanks Westley!

Wow, I haven't heard of the new genera for cobras! Wish they would stop changing these sort of things!
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Fooble » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:55 pm

Beats of a thread!

Nicely done Nickhead! Some stellar finds in the mix!
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Re: Zululand finds!

Postby Serpent » Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:33 pm

Outstanding as always Nick!
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