Some western cape finds

Some western cape finds

Postby Chris89 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:20 pm

We spent a few days in the western cape over the easter weekend. Weather was terrible but we managed to find a few species. definately worth the work!
Paternoster
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Chersina angulata
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Psammophis notostictus
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scelotes sexlineatus
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Parabuthus capensis

Elandsbaai
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Trachylepsis variegata

North eastern Cederberg
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Trachylepsis capensis
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Trachylepsis sulcata sulcata female
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Goggia hexapora
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Pachydactylus formosus
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Opistophthalmus pallipes female

Vanrhynsdorp area
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Goggia lineata female. Note the swellings on the neck. Apparently they function as calcium stores for egg production
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Chondodactylus bibronii

please correct any identification mistakes. Esp. on the scelotes
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby shadowfoot » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:56 pm

Some nice finds. Love the scorps. The capensis I think is a male and the Opistophthalmus is a female.
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Shaun P » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:19 pm

Great Pictures!
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Fooble » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:28 pm

Nice variety of finds and some great images.
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:13 pm

Awesome. Well done on some great finds. Your photos are really good as well. Hard to say which I like best. Keep it up!
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Serpent » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:29 pm

We like your work.
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Chris89 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:41 pm

Thanks for the comments. is their anything more magical than finding and photographing a lifer? we used a nikon d40 and d90 with standard 18-55mm lenses. Definately need to invest in a macro one of these days, especially for the more venomous species. anyway, thanks again!
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby TH » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:02 am

Some great finds and pics here from my home turf...

The Scelotes looks like Scelotes gronovi to me... They are particularly common on that stretch of the west coast.
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Adriaan » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:34 am

Definitely S. gronovi.
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Daniellouw » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:20 am

These pics are really unbelievable! How did you get the psammophis not to move??
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:12 pm

Beautiful photography. I seem to be far behind on taxonomy. When did these changes in the Mabuya genus happen ?
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Re: Some western cape finds

Postby Chris89 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:55 am

Thanks for clearing that up Adriaan and TH. Theres an amazing diversity of legless skinks on the west coast! We found those to be abundant.
Daniel in my limited experience, the best way to get an active snake like that to coil up for a photo is to move it to the nearest clearing and allow it to move under some sort of cover like a board or whatevers lying around. give it a minute or so to settle down and then be ready to take a few shots when you lift the cover. I used the technique on a small cobra last week. Apart from handling the animal to exhaustion (Not a fair method) it seems a good option.

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