Reptiles of Somabula Nature Reserve

Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Kennyakagera » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:24 pm

Very good post ! Thank you very much for sharing !!
That naja shot is STUNING !! Love it !!
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Chris89 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:44 pm

A few recent finds
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Lamprophis aurora. This beast has a SVL of 695mm. TL 725mm with a stump tail. She was active just before dawn after a light shower of 4mm the previous evening.
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Acanthocercus atricollis. Another big herp with a stump. Male in breeding colours.
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Nucras ornata. Very happy with this find. It was found sheltering under a stone in what looked like an Opistaphthalmus burrow. Does anyone know if these burrows are dug by the lizard or taken over from scorpions?
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Chris89 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:14 pm

And for anyone interested, a few small mammal species from the area.
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Tatera leucogaster. This species is common in open sandy areas where it lives in colonies.
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Steatomys pratensis. Relatively rare. A possible range extension.
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Mastomys sp. .These guys are abundant. Not sure on the taxonomic status of the complex but this is either the Multimammate or Natal Multimammate Mouse.
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Aethomys chrysophilus. Dominant on termitaria bushclumps.
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Otomyssp. This is either Angoni Vlei Rat or Vlei Rat. Dental examination is necessary for an accurate ID.
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Crocidura mariquensis
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:10 pm

That aurora is a monster!

Some especially nice images of the Rodents!
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Westley Price » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:10 am

Great stuff man!

That Agama picture is great!

That shrew is one freaky little bugger.
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby TH » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:06 pm

Great finds and photos! As someone who has other biodiversity interests beyond reptiles, I am loving the photos of the small mammals as well... well done, some excellent finds there... :D
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Chris89 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:17 pm

Thanks guys. the small mammals are fascinating creatures that one relly never gets a proper look at. According to distribution, there could be an even higher diversity of rodents and insectivores in the area than reptiles(30 species recorded now on just 400ha). I'll post a few more photos next week. New finds include Common rough scaled lizard, Rhombic eggeater and an unidentified agama(Southern rock or Distant's ground). I've got a few nice mammal pictures from a camera trap as well if anyone is interested.
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby John Rees » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:33 am

What a fantastic post! I will definately come back to this one a few more times. Great variety, great photos. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing all this!
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby 9Naja » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:53 am

Hi Chris,

Great pics, have you submitted these to http://vmus.adu.org.za/ ?
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Chris89 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:39 pm

These are the three scorpion species found in the area. They are all common within their specific microhabitats
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Opistophthalmus glabrifrons
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Uroplectes triangulifer
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Hadogenes gunningi
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Re: Snake photos, Cullinan area, GP

Postby Nick Evans » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:59 am

Great finds and great photos!
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Re: Reptiles of Somabula Nature Reserve

Postby Chris89 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:31 am

A few recent finds from the reserve:
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Causus rhombeatus female, 652mmTL
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Dasypeltis scabra, 690mmTL
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Typhlops bibronii
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Re: Reptiles of Somabula Nature Reserve

Postby dobby7 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:28 pm

This is definitely one of the best threads I have ever seen on the forum! keep up the good work.
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Re: Reptiles of Somabula Nature Reserve

Postby Chris89 » Tue May 14, 2013 3:01 pm

Looks like the house geckos have found their way onto the reserve. this one lives on a chalet so it could have come from anywhere, although they do occur in nearby cullinan so maybe theyve always been here.
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