Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN

Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN

Postby Nick Evans » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:11 pm

Hi all

Thought I'd share some photos of some of the reptiles & amphibians I've been lucky enough to see over the past few months. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get away as much as I would have liked, but I did get to do some exploring in the KZN Midlands and Zululand.

I'll start off with pics from where I'm based, Durban.

My absolute favourite snake, and a very misunderstood animal: Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). A juvenile specimen full of attitude.

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One of the countries most beautiful snakes in my opinion, the Green Mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps). I removed this beaut from someone's car engine.

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Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica). I removed 3 juveniles from an office in Westville, in the space of 5 days.

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New-born Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

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Adult male Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

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Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis) Wasn't keen on posing for me, so this is all I got.

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Southern Stiletto Snake (Atractaspis bibronii)

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Eastern Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis natalensis)

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Southern Brown Egg-eater (Dasypeltis inornata) in action! Yes, I fed it the chicken egg before releasing it, it wasn't raiding a chicken farm.

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Hatchling Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis)

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Critically Endangered Smith's Dwarf burrowing skink, (Scelotes inornatus). Turned a friends garden upside down to try and find one, but all I saw was what I though was a head, but it shot down into the sand. This specimen was caught by my friend the day before.

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Bushveld Rain Frog (Breviceps adspersus). Gotta love these guys!

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Endangered Kloof Frog (Natalobatrachus bonebergi), keeping her eggs moist by urinating on them. Lovely.

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Now some photos from Zululand...

The best sighting I have had in the bush: A young Southern African Python that snatched a dove out of the air!

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Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera) I was up at Bhejane Nature Training, teaching the field guides about reptiles & amphibians. I heard one of the students scream from his tent. He had lifted up a pile of dirty clothes and found this underneath!

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Eastern Tiger Snake (Telescopus semiannualatus)

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Wahlberg's Velvet Gecko (Homopholis wahlbergi)

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The Endangered Umlalazi Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion caeruleogula)

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Knocking Sand Frog (Tomopterma krugerensis)

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Now for some pics from the Drakensberg and Midlands...

Rinkhals (Haemachatus haemachatus)

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Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion dracomontanum)

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Midlands Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates)

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The highlight of the season for me by far, the Endangered Long-toed Tree Frog (Leptopelis xenodactylus)

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Yellow-striped Reed Frog (Hyperolius semidiscus)

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Hope you enjoyed the post!

Cheers,
Nick

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Re: Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN

Postby Mitton » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:03 pm

Awesome photos man, really enjoyed this post. Thanks.
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Postby Nick Evans » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:05 pm

Thanks so much Mitton :D Glad you enjoyed it!
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Postby GCol » Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:56 pm

Amazing photos Nick, and some awesome reptiles. Keep it up. :D
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Postby Warren Klein » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:04 am

Excellent photography of some truly special herps. That python catch must have been a sight to witness.
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Postby Nick Evans » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:59 am

Thank you guys :-D
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Postby levi_20 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:08 pm

amazing photos, thanks
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Postby krah » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:15 am

Awesome! That Baby Puffie actually looks cute haha.
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Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:00 am

Great finds and some nice shots too.
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Postby Allen G. Liebenberg » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:25 pm

Great,great photos.Thank you.
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Postby Westley Price » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:43 pm

Great post!
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Postby GOB » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:34 am

Awesome pictures!! keep it up man
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Postby Chopper 1 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:36 pm

Great pics - that dove is a Emerald (Green) spotted wood dove and they are not capable of flying slowly due to their high wing load. That python must be a few centimeters longer after latching on to that guy if it was in flight. Really a once in 10 million chance of getting a wild pic like that.
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Re: Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN

Postby Nick Evans » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:49 pm

Thank you all for the comments :) Appreciate it!

Chopper 1, thanks for the ID. I just wish I got the strike on video :cry:
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Postby JamesWittstock » Mon May 02, 2016 3:39 pm

Great post nick!
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