Mpumalanga herping

Mpumalanga herping

Postby Mongoose » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:15 pm

On a follow up to MVs post.

BS and MV came to Nelspruit, and we went herping:

Lizards:

Scelotes mossambicus
Scelotes mirus
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis
Afroedura m. haackei
Hemidactylus mabouia
Lygodactylus capensis
Lygodactylus occellatus
Homopholis wahlbergii
Chondrodactylus turneri
Pachydactylus vansonii
Trachylepis margiritifer
Trachylepis striata
Trachylepis varia
Acanthocercus atricollis
Cordylus warreni barbetonensis
Cordylus vittifer
Pseudocordylus melanotus


Snakes:

Crotophopeltis hotamboeia
Lamprophis guttatus
Bitis atropos
Psammophis crucifer
Psammophylax rhombeatus
Dasypeltis scabra
Lycodonomorphus laevissimus
Afrotyphlops bibroni
Apparalactus capensis
Leptotyphlops sp
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Here are some photos of what we got -
Hope you enjoy

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Scelotes mirus - Graskop - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr

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Psammophis crucifer - Graskop - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr

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Pachydactylus vansoni - Graskop - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr

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Lamprophis guttatus - Head - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr

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L.laevissimus - Lisbon - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr

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Hemachatus haemachatus - shamming death by David Maguire, on Flickr

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Bitis atropos - XXX - Copyright of David Maguire by David Maguire, on Flickr
After many beers, milkshakes and an over dose of sun it was well owrth it!
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PS - The Rinkhals is from Leandra
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Microlepidotus » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:32 pm

Nice trip..

That Berg adders colorations different to the black ones I normally see, but Ive found a new favourite ;)

Great photos, love'em
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Fooble » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:42 pm

Nice photo's Dave.

That Van son's gecko what size was it looks nice and vet.
That water snake also looks really light are they all like that from that area?

That atropos matches that rock nicely too ;)
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Microlepidotus » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:58 pm

Shame on you for killing the Rinkhalse, I thought were herpers here..

Haha jokinhg, how was the Rinkhalses temper, spitting,hooding,shamming death the whole time ??

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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Silvrav » Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:55 pm

Nice...have not been to nelspruit for a while.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Groenslang » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:30 pm

I agree with Fooble, the Pachydactylus vansonii is very thick around the midriff! :lol: The red dots on it, where they mites or actual red scales?
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby BOOGY » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:49 am

Shot davie for the nice shots!
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Fooble » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:03 am

Those red dots are mites groenslang common on some of the wild Pachyactyus that lice in cracks.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby fredsmith » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:23 am

Looks like alot of fun was had.
Could you post a couple more shots of the haemachatus? Looks to me a bit different to the regular ones we see down here in our neck of the countryside. Ours are more "dirty" looking... the markings seem quite distinct on this one.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Rishaad » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:37 pm

Amazing. Well done guys.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby BushSnake » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:50 pm

After many beers, PINK milkshakes ...


Not fair. That was going to be my comment on this post!

Nice shots! The L.guttatus came out well. I haven't even sorted out my photographs but I do regret not taking more shots in the shade vs the sunlight!
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby jka » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:02 pm

Impressive list Mongoose.

That spotted house and berg adder is really nice.

You have nice shots as well.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Durban Keeper » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:10 am

Man your photo's are good. That Berg adder shot is a cracker! & The Guttatus, too nice. I think all your work is epic man, very very nice species!
Any photo's of the Psammophylax rhombeatus from that locality?
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Fooble » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:02 pm

Man That berg adder is a porno snake,

What's with the locality xxx?

Surely it can be related in terms of locality to those other montane species.
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Re: Mpumalanga herping

Postby Mongoose » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:05 am

Here are some photos of Road-cruising and herping we did over new years and a few months ago.

You may have seen some of these already.

Black File Snake - Mehelya nyassae
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Lineated Shovel Snout Snake - Prosymna lineata
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Broad-headed Legless Skink - Acontias breviceps
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Bubbling Kassina - Kassina senegalensis
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Turners Gecko - Chondrodactylus turneriImage

Transvaal Dwarf Chameleon - Bradypodion transvaalense
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