Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Postby Sico » Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:59 pm

I spent the weekend up at a Game lodge between Thabazimbi and Lephalale this weekend for work.
I had a little bit of time to get out and have a look see what was out and about. There had been fairly high rainfall in this region recently and the bush was thick (thick with ticks as well!)
I found several first time species, as well as a few other intersting bits, although the light wasn't that good for taking field photo's, here are a few of the things I got.
Agama aculeata distanti - Ground Agama
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Amietophrynus garmani - Eastern Olive Toad
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Argiope australis - Garden orb-web spider
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Chameleo dilepis - Flap necked chameleon
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Helibolus lugubris - Bushveld lizard juvenile
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Homopholus wahlbergii - Wahlberg's Velvet gecko Female
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Male
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Lygodactylus capensis - Cape dwarf Gecko
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Mabuya quinquetaeniata margitifer - Rainbow skink
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Mabuya striata punctatissima - Striped Skink
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Nephila senegalensis - Golden Orb-web spider
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Re: Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Postby Ales » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:08 pm

Very nice.

That female velvet gecko is a tropical house gecko. The other gecko is indeed a velvet and is gorgeous!
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Re: Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Postby Westley Price » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:19 am

Great finds especially considering you didn't have a lot of time to do any herping!

That second Velvet Gecko is simply gorgeous, very boldly patterned.

I would agree with Ales that the first one is possible a Hemidactylus. I base this on the fact that it has very enlarged tubercles and the Velvet Gecko is, well, velvety.

The Bushveld Lizard is just as stunning!

Well done and thanx for sharing.
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Re: Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Postby Chopper 1 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:18 pm

Ales wrote:Very nice.

That female velvet gecko is a tropical house gecko. The other gecko is indeed a velvet and is gorgeous!


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Re: Game lodge - Afguns district Limpopo

Postby Sico » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:57 pm

Thanks. I also thought that gecko was more of a tropical house gecko, but the range didn't seem to fit in... The bushveld lizards were plentiful, but total buggers to try and photograph, very skittish and they didn't like coming into the open. I saw a lot of juveniles as they ducked into the grass from the dirt roads, and one sub adult with very nice coloration, which I couldn't get any pics of whatsoever.
I'd like to try and get up there again when I get back to SA (back to the field tomorrow) and do some proper herping in this area.
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