ID please on Waterberg reptiles

ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Arnout » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:09 pm

Dear all,

Last year I have been working as an International Wildlife manager in South Africa.
I got to see many interesting reptiles while working in the field, but I am not sure on the ID of some of them.
All pictures below were taken in The Waterberg area.

Hopefully you could help me out.


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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Westley Price » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:15 pm

There are more than enough people here on the forum who are willing to help. In fact, we enjoy the ID challenges!

Here is a link that shows how to post pictures.

http://www.sareptiles.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6508

I look forward to the pics!
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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Arnout » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Hereby my attempt to post the pictures.
Hopefully it works out.

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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Westley Price » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:57 pm

I don't have my field guide handy, but here goes nothing!

The first lizard looks like Pedioplanis sp. possibly P. lineoocellata. Male judging by the bulge at the base of his tail.

The second lizard is Trachylepis margaritifer.

The last one is Pachydactylus affinis.

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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Arnout » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:10 pm

Hi Westley,

Thank you for helping me ID these three.
I would like to hear, with certainty, what the ID of the first lizard is.

Could you maybe also tell me, what is exactly the difference between Trachylepis margaritifer and Mabuya quinquetaeniata?
I thought that the skink (second photo) was a rainbow skink...

Looking foreward to your reply.

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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Westley Price » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:16 pm

Hi Arno

That is a Rainbow skink. The scientific names have changed so much lately. Trachylepis margaritifer and Mabuya quinquetaeniata are exactly the same thing.

There used to be a subspecies called Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer, but this subspecies is now a full species.

Mabuya does not exist in RSA anymore and has been replaced with Trachylepis. Sorry for the confusion.

Maybe someone else can give you a better ID on the first lizard, but I'm sure I have the genus right, maybe not the species.
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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Arnout » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:51 am

Hi Westley (and others),

I also have some questions about the ID of the following.
Friends of mine found this dead snake near a lodge in the Waterberg region.

Maybe you know what is is.
The snake is rather dusty, so true colouration is hard to see.

Thanks again.

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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Pythonodipsas » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:37 am

It looks like a young Mozambique spitting cobra - which are very common in that area.
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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Bushviper » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:20 am

Yeah no doubt about that. Mozambique spitter.
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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby sega » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:35 am

Looks like an egg eater to me.
1.0.0 red tailed boa
0.1.0 snow corn snake,1.0.0 male butter corn snake,1.1.0 candy cane corn snakes,1.0.0butter stripe\motley,amel motley
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Re: ID please on Waterberg reptiles

Postby Arnout » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:05 pm

Thanks for sharing.

I was also thinking of a Naja species, when looking at the head of this snake. The Mozambique spitting cobra is than indeed the most likely, although the snouted cobra was also quite common in our region.
However, it made me doubt because most cobra's (in my idea) are more slender. Especcially juveniles.
This snake was maybe 35 to 40 centimeters.

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