Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Postby Mitton » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:42 pm

I was in Bloemfontein 2 weekends ago and went to the old herping spot where I used to catch about 5 snakes every weekend but the place is now way different with the nice “vlei” almost filled and all the nice hiding spots gone. I was only there for about 30 minutes and only found 1 snake and 2 spiders.

The snake was this docile Red Lip. He had slight damage to his tail area.
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The 2 Spiders were these Red Romans:
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I left my camera and all the other stuff at home so had to take the snake with me to get some photos and then let him go again. The spider pics I took with my phone.
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Postby alexander » Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:01 am

nice, what vegetation type were you in?
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:34 am

Thats a nice light colored herald snake.
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Postby Snake Charmer » Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:42 am

Lovely Red-lipped Herald. I have a spider phobia!
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Postby Kay » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:54 pm

cute little snake! Ugly Romans! :shock: :shock:
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Postby MV » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:57 pm

just for interest sake...if Romans aren't a "real spider" what is closer related?

I heard that its closer to an Ant...dunno if this is true though.

Nice Herald...have never seen one in the wild before...
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Postby alexander » Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:07 pm

MV: They are in the same class as spiders and scorpians but have their own order as do spiders and scorpians, and therefore solifugids are about as different as spiders are from scorpians.
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Postby MV » Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:10 pm

ahh okay...thanx Alexander.

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Postby MrG » Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:50 pm

Nice pics of the Redlip.
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Postby Mitton » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:09 pm

Again, sorry for taking so long to reply.

Alexander, the area is now just normal field with not too much water close by. I should have taken pics, will next time I go to Bloem.
This place always used to be the nicest vlei area with a big pool of water for the whole summer with a very deep area running into it and lots of reeds. There used to be all sorts of stuff to catch there, I might be wrong but think you call them terapins?? the flat green ones with the head going in sideways, not backwords, Bull Frogs and loads of other animals and PLENTY of snakes.
This place is about 50 meters from where the houses start and now the entire place is fillid in, it has been used as a waste dunping area and there is no water.

MV, this is the 1st Herald I have found there, funny, I now found one after the water is gone, not sure what it would have been eating.
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Postby alexander » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:07 pm

Hi, Its just i find very similar species at Durbanville, and i'm trying to match up species with vegetation, at D. its Renosterveld with a small vlei as well, with terapins and also solies. But i looked it up and its primarily Grasslands at Bloem.
I think the heralds feed on the strongylopus (stream frogs), i find them under moist things that can be quite far from water.
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Re: Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Postby Crested Gecko » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:58 pm

Where in the vlei did you caught the snake because I am searching to find an red-lipped?
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Re: Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Postby Rishaad » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:02 am

That herald is beautiful. Its so amazing what a difference locality makes.
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Re: Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Postby Mitton » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:47 am

Crested Gecko wrote:Where in the vlei did you caught the snake because I am searching to find an red-lipped?
The vlei is no more, it was filled up a while ago.
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Re: Red Lip - Bloemfontein

Postby 10gbooj » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:08 pm

I really like the colour on that red lip. I'm so used to the dark ones we get here, that snake looks almost hypo in comparison :) Thanks for posting
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