All Over Namibia

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby MrG » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:38 pm

Very interesting. Thx for sharing.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Kennyakagera » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:05 pm

Some amazing observations, and beautiful photography as always.
Interesting about the Rhinotyphlops Westley, I speak under correction but they are known to secrete a substance similar to that of soldier ants making them "unnoticed", hence the lack of reactions from the ants maybe.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby reptile » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:06 pm

Wow Westley!
Never actually looked at this post properly until now, and wow, its amazing. All the finds are magnificent, not to mention the photography!
Keep it up! :smt020
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Nick Evans » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:07 pm

That is really interesting behaviour Westley! I've never seen something like that before. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:33 pm

Thanx guys.

Kenny, very cool about the secretion. I will read up a bit more.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:16 am

So, this little fellow was due for the pickling jar (well vial at least), so I decided to give him an eternal legacy by placing his photos on the interwebs.

Enjoy

Pachydactylus cf. punctatus, Tsumeb

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Fooble » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:21 pm

Lekker thing that Wes!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:19 pm

So last night we had a few scattered rain showers (none at my place though!) and while in the field I noted herps were slightly more active than usual.

Found this gorgeous Psammobates oculiferus active mid-morning.

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Cute little face.

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Then managed to catch this little Agama aculeata on the road too. Strangely this one was so plump, I concluded it was gravid, which is highly unlikely at this size. It was not puffing up as a threat display and definitely swollen. Pretty little things.

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Check the gorgeous pattern.

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And here's the particularly plump, conspicuously lob-sided belly. I cant imagine she is already gravid at this size, but what else can it be?

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:04 am

And found this Hadogenes taeniurus yesterday. Was just waiting for an ID confirmation from Jonathan Leeming.

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:04 pm

The fact that the agama was lopsided makes me think she gorged herself on food items like flying ants. Eggs are usually balanced in the bellies that I have seen.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby reptile » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:29 am

I just love that genus of scorpions. We have quite allot of them on our farm. (Near Rustenburg)
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:13 am

So not the natural photography I usually try to achieve, but that's a tad difficult with a DOR ;)

Yesterday midday I was driving on a dirt road in the middle of the Otavi Mountains south of Tsumeb. I have spent quite a bit of time in the area so I kinda know which snakes to expect.

As I was travelling I passed a DOR and thought I would stop and quickly snip off the tail for pickling (I have been asked to collect as many samples as I can from all and any species) but when I turned around, I immediately saw that this was not one of the species I had known from the area. It was a Crotaphopeltis sp. Of course I don't know all the distributions off the top of my head so when I got home I quickly checked the books and the nearest record to the location was about 350km to the east in the Caprivi/NW Botswana.

I did some detailed scale counts and all clues point to C. hotamboeia, so not a new species, but a significant range extension.

In the pictures, note the strange shape of the head and eye. I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't look like a typical Herald.

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And then also found this big guy, about a 2m D. polylepis crossing the road. I was in the middle of nowhere so didnt want to risk messing with it, so I just chased it off the road from the safety of my bakkie, haha.

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Mitton » Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:20 am

That first one is very interesting.
Nice Mamba, would also have stayed in the bakkie.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Fooble » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:20 am

That Herald looks interesting feeding on sand! ;)

Nice nice as always, cool Mamba sighting!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Chopper 1 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:09 pm

Big eye for head size! Like the grey snout :D
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