Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Mitton » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:09 pm

Once again another great weekend spent with a great group of guys.

Froot, BushSnake, Eyelash, Biosmith and I spent the weekend on 2 different farms about 100km apart, we tried to beat last year’s 35 reptile species and came up 1 short, but the finds this years were much better, and 34 species is still awesome.

Here are a few pics of the finds, BushSnake will list all the species, a whole bunch of firsts for me and even BushSnake got a few new species, more than last year!!

Hope you don't mind so many pics.

Habitat shot
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Smaug warreni depressus - Flat Girdle Lizard
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Strongylopus fasciatus - Striped Stream Frog
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Pachydactylus vansoni - Van Son's Gecko
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Prosymna stuhlmannii - East-African Shovel Snout
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Platysaurus relictus - Soutpansberg Flat Lizard
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Bitis arietans - Puff Adder
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Bitis arietans - Puff Adder
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Tomopterna natalensis - Natal Sand Frog
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Pachydactylus capensis - Cape Gecko
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Telescopus semiannulatus - Eastern Tiger Snake
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Telescopus semiannulatus - Eastern Tiger Snake
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Bitis caudalis - Horned Adder
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Bitis caudalis - Horned Adder
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Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda - Sundeval's Garter Snake
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Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda - Sundeval's Garter Snake
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Hadogenes troglodytes - Flat Rock Scorpion
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg-eater
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Gerrhosaurus flavigularis - Yellow-throated Plated Lizard
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Afroeblepharus maculicolis - Spotted-necked Snake-eyed skink
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Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
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Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
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Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:29 pm

Where's the rest of the pics? Haha, I got super excited when you say "Dail-up Warning!"

But seriously, great finds guys. 34 species of herps in a weekend is no mean feat. That Garter is stunning.

Well done.

I look forward to the other members' pics.
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby boomslang(kaas) » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:02 pm

Super cool herps guys, well done. More pics please!!!
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Eyelash » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:28 pm

Thanks for a great weekend guys ! Truly amazing stuff and a LOT of fun !

Here are some more pics... :D

Smaug warreni depressus - Flat Girdle Lizard
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Pachydactylus capensis - Cape Gecko
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Strongylopus fasciatus - Striped Stream Frog
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Tomopterna natalensis - Natal Sand Frog
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Hadogenes troglodytes - Flat Rock Scorpion
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Bitis arietans - Puff Adder
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Bitis arietans - Puff Adder
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg-eater
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg-eater
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Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda - Sundeval's Garter Snake
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Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda - Sundeval's Garter Snake
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Bitis caudalis - Horned Adder
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Bitis caudalis - Horned Adder
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Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
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Shooo...I hope I didn't overdo it !
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Postby kfc223 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:12 am

Well done!

Awesome finds and shots.
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:40 am

Wow.

Some amazing species there you guys managed to turn up two in particular!
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby BushSnake » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:04 am

Apparently I was given the job to type out the list...

Snakes (14)

Boaedon capensis - Brown House Snake
Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg-eater
Prosymna stuhlmannii - East-African Shovel Snout ***
Afrotyphlops bibronii - Bibron's Blind snake
Telescopus semiannulatus - Eastern Tiger Snake (DOR only but I got a live one the day before the trip)
Xenocalamus bicolor lineatus - Bicoloured Quill-Snouted Snake (DOR Only) ***
Atractaspis bibronii - Bibron's Stiletto Snake (DOR Only)
Elapsoidea sundevallii longicauda - Sundeval's Garter Snake ***
Bitis arietans - Puff Adder
Bitis caudalis - Horned Adder
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus - Shield-nose cobra (DOR Only)
Naja annulifera - Snouted Cobra (URP Only)
Psammophis subtaeniatus - Stripe-bellied Sand Snake (DOR only)
Psammophis mossambicus - Olive Grass Snake (DOR Only)

Lizards (19)

Heliobolis lugubris - Bushveld Lizard
Trachylepis margaritifer - Rainbow Skink
Trachylepis varia - Variable Skink
Trachylepis striata - Eastern Striped Skink
Afroeblepharus maculicolis - Spotted-necked Snake-eyed skink
Gerrhosaurus flavigularis - Yellow-throated Plated Lizard
Platysaurus relictus - Soutpansberg Flat Lizard ***
Platysaurus intermedius rhodesianus - Zimbabwe Flat Lizard
Smaug warreni depressus - Flat Girdle Lizard ***
Pachydactylus punctatus - Speckled Gecko
Pachydactylus vansoni - Van Son's Gecko
Pachydactylus capensis - Cape Gecko
Chondrodactylus turneri - Turner's Gecko
Homopholis walbergii - Velvet Gecko
Hemidactylus mabouia - Tropical House Gecko
Lygodactylus capensis - Cape Dwarf Gecko
Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus - Black-spotted Dwarf Gecko ***
Ptenopus garrulus - Barking Gecko (Heard and briefly seen but they got away again)
Varanus albigularis - Rock Monitor

Tortoises (1)
Stigmochelys pardalis - Leopard Tortoise

*** - New for me

And then some photos of the less-liked species...

Platysaurus relictus - Soutpansberg Flat Lizard
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Afrotyphlops bibronii - Bibron's Blind Snake. The reason for posting this one is because I realised with a shock that this was the first one I ever photographed... :oops:
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Lygodactylus nigropunctatus incognitus - Black-spotted Dwarf Gecko
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Fun with Hadogenes troglodytes
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:08 am

Wow where do I begin! Such beautifull pictures.
That first frog have toes just like me :lol: looooong
Most of all I love the Tiger snake! They are just one of the most pretty snakes.
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Bushviper » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:31 am

That was one worthwhile weekend. Please put names with each of the pictures. We can see the list but for people who have never seen these animals we cannot be sure we have paired up the pictures with the right names. Remember we have overseas visitors who have never seen these species.
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Westley Price » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:41 am

I was telling Mitton, I thought that your Prosymna rather looks like a bold coloured P. lineata.

Why did you settle on P. stuhlmanni?
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby BushSnake » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:17 pm

We settled on P.stuhlmannii because.... uhm... well I haven't really settled on it yet :) There are other specimens from the same area which were identified by experts.

There are 3 Prosymnas in the area, P.bivittata, P.lineata and P.stuhlmannii. It's clearly not P.bivittata because the colour is wrong and the head shape is completely wrong as well. I've caught 3 P.lineata from near Kruger National Park, and they were grey with a very well marked line down the back. The 4th P.lineata I got near Kruger 2 weeks ago was a lot bigger than the other specimens, and even though it had feint whitish speckles, it still had the broad stripe running down the back. But all of their heads looked more like typical Prosymna heads. This one's head was very blunt, and not like the others at all.
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Westley Price » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:36 pm

I dub thee, Prosymna punctatus, haha.

Of course I did not see the snake in hand, so your judgement is better than anyone's, but P. lineata was just the first impression I got.

Again, well done guys.
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Postby Biosmith » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:36 pm

Thanks guys for a really awesome trip. There were so many great moments on this trip it would be difficult to single out any specific one! The Garter and Caudalis were pretty special though as well as the Shovel Snout! It was well organised and we visited some amazing places. I am already looking forward to our 2013 trip :D
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Reynard » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:32 pm

What is that lizard that was up first both times of the first picture string? I LOVE it SO much!!! Would give one of my kidneys for one!!
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Re: Limpopo Trip - HUGE Dial-Up Warning!!

Postby Mitton » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:47 pm

Reynard wrote:What is that lizard that was up first both times of the first picture string?


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