Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:49 am

I haven't been on any significant trips in the last few weeks, just some odd animals here and there. Besides a specific trip to find Leptopelis xenodactylus - Long Toed Tree Frog a critically endangered amphibian that is restricted to flooded grasslands and marshes.

Afrixalus spinifrons - Natal Leaf Folding Frog
Male
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Female with eggs
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Panaspis wahlbergii - Wahlberg's snake-eyed skink
Female
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Male
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Afroedura pondolia - Pondo Flat Gecko
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Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
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Cacosternum nanum - Bronze Dainty Frog.
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Causes rhombeatus - Rhombic Night Adder feeding on Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad.
Always so cool seeing wild predation.
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Duberria lutrix lutrix - Common Slug Eater.
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Classic defensive spiral.
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Top view
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Ventral view.
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Hemidactylus mabouia - Tropical House Gecko.
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Homoroselaps dorsalis - Spotted Harlequin Snake.
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Philothamnus semivariegatus - Spotted Bush Snake.
These snakes are incredibly common here are four which I've found over the last few weeks.
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Leptotyphlops scutifrons - Peter's Thread Snake.
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For size reference, they are tiny.
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Scelotesmossambicus - Mozambique Dwarf Burrowing Skink.
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Trachylepsis striata - Striped Skink.
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Lycodonomorphus rufulus - Brown Water Snake
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Hyperolius marmoratus marmoratus - Painted Reed Frog
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Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad
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Now bare with me as I probbaly will share too many images of these amazing frogs. They're not typical Tree Frogs like other members of the genus. These frogs occour where there are very few tree's or shrubs in flooded grasslands in almost bog liek conditions. I've searched for these frogs for the last 4 years and have only ever heard a single individual call, that site is about 100kms away from where I found these so really excited about it.
The critically endangered Leptopelis xenodactylus - Long Toed Tree Frog.
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Mitton » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:00 pm

Fantastic post once again!!!

That Spotted Harlequin Snake is a beauty and I love the 3rd Brown Water Snake pic.

Congrats on finding the tree frog, well done.
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Westley Price » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:08 pm

As always, epic finds and photography Mr Ping.

Wish I had the luxury to make such dedicated trips to search for specific species so I am super jealous!
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:10 pm

Thats Wes, it was actually a quick in and out after I did eventually find it. Photographed some and left without looking for anything else ha ha.

I'm actually heading to Namibia in Two weeks so look forward to some good stuff hopefully.
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:25 pm

Mitton wrote:Fantastic post once again!!!

That Spotted Harlequin Snake is a beauty and I love the 3rd Brown Water Snake pic.

Congrats on finding the tree frog, well done.


Thanks man, I'm sure you remember the effort when we were in Howick a few years back.
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Mitton » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:37 pm

Fooble wrote:Thanks man, I'm sure you remember the effort when we were in Howick a few years back.


Oh, is this what we were looking for that night, I have blocked it out! Even more impressive then!! Did you find it at night?
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Sico » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:23 pm

Great spread as always, thanks!
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:12 pm

Mitton wrote:
Fooble wrote:Thanks man, I'm sure you remember the effort when we were in Howick a few years back.


Oh, is this what we were looking for that night, I have blocked it out! Even more impressive then!! Did you find it at night?


That night was a real tough time! Ha ha I actually considered going back there on the night but headed here instead thankfully!
They were found at night only by them calling, would never have a chance for them during the day.
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:13 pm

Sico wrote:Great spread as always, thanks!


Cheers thanks man!
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Re: Finds from the last few weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Postby JamesWittstock » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:01 am

Is that Harlequin snake not rather a Striped Harlequin? You did put the latin name for the Striped anyway.
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