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Season is in full swing

Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:24 am

Good day all.

Just want to share a few pics of whats happening in my research site.

Im finding lots of snakes, both diurnal and nocturnal and on some occasions finding pairs together. Red-lips and water snakes seem to be loving the rainfall and the undulating landscape is slowly becoming its seasonal wetland. Rinkhals is a common find and last seasons juveniles are scattered all over. I have found a number of egg-eaters (patterned and patternless) and this is supported by the increasing number of weavers and other birds building nests and laying eggs.

Here are pics of a good example of a communal egg deposition site by P. rhombeatus, under a few rock slabs one can count as many as 7 clutches under the same slab.
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2:2 Pseudaspis cana
1:2 Dasypeltis scabra

And yes they are all on permit.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:26 am

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2:2 Pseudaspis cana
1:2 Dasypeltis scabra

And yes they are all on permit.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby bradmiller » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:44 am

Awesome - thanks for sharing.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:49 am

Sorry for the photo quality, my camera is not that great haha.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Venommaniac » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:48 am

Cool, thanks for sharing do you mind posting some more pics of your other finds. :-D
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:58 am

Wow that is great to see. Thanks for sharing that.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:09 am

Thanks for the comments

Was on site yesterday as we had some very nice rains and all is green. Found another 5 heavily gravid Stopped Skaapstekers and another 2 that have already laid eggs and are currently guarding them.... its fascinating to see such a sudden sprout in reptile activity. Will post more pics of females with their batches of eggs I just dont want to disturb them too much.

Other finds include Rinkhals (as always), Brown Water Snake, Red-lips, Brown House Snake, Crossed Whip Snake, Black-headed Snake, Legless Skinks and Rhombic Egg-eaters. Yet it seems the only evidently gravid species are Skaapstekers for now.

Will post pics later of other species.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:07 am

Some more pics of recent finds....

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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Bushviper » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:46 am

Amazing patternless Egg eater. I have found two like that but neither survived in captivity.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:04 am

Yes always a treat to find patternless, I have found a few of them.... roughly 30% paternless to 70% normal phase.

Also a nice example of communal egg deposition site, I have roughly counted 7 batches of eggs under the same concrete slab of which I presume its Skaapstaker and Crossed Whip Snake.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Venommaniac » Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:55 pm

Wow. I have never seen a patternless eggy even in pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Fooble » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:13 pm

Nice finds, would be nice to see some habitat shots too when you're out again.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Amphibian » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:23 pm

That Herald looks like an absolute beast. Fantastic colours on it as well.
Like Fooble said some habitat shots would be very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:15 pm

Another beauty found today.... raining like crazy so everything seems to be flushed out.

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Re: Season is in full swing

Postby Chameleon Company » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:16 pm

Will post habitat shots soon....
Yeah the Red-lip was aggressive, had my finger twice....
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