All Over Namibia

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Chris89 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:14 pm

350kms is a decent range extention, nice one. Crazy looking eye on that guy!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:57 am

Nothing special, but for a whole now I have been after a nice close-up of the rostral and head of A. lubricus.

I am visiting southern Nam for the week so I got hold of a Coral for the pics.

Certainly one of the nicer indigenous snakes by looks and most certainly by personality!

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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby SteveZi » Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:37 pm

Lovely pics man - love that snake.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Mitton » Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:54 pm

I agree, one of ou better indigenous snakes. Great pics.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby reptile » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:11 pm

Great pictures! What lense are you using?
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:35 pm

Fantastic snakes indeed.
Awesome photos.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:16 pm

Thanx guys. Pity he decided to plunge his head into the dust right before the pics!

Reptile, no lens. I use a compact camera. To be honest I have never had the inclination nor time to do the whole DSLR thing.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby reptile » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:26 am

Oh, well they are darn good shots!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Kakibos » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:41 pm

Stunning snakes, I wouldn't mind getting a pair in future. Great pics Westley.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:24 am

Up in northern Namibia again and although I have seen this species a few times, I have never had my camera handy.

Common species, but still as beautiful as ever. Phrynomantis bifasciatus

100% in situ. It was sitting next to a crack in the rock, picking off ants as they are walking past.

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I nudged it a bit to get a more "postured" stance.

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Pity the flash completely messed up the colour. These are bright orange and gorgeous. Impossible to miss them in the field.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Fooble » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:11 am

Great posts as always Wes!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:19 pm

Very nice observation.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Bushviper » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:13 pm

Some of the cutest frogs around. Your flash really messed up the colours.
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Westley Price » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:54 pm

So I spent two days at Waterberg in central Namibia which is sort of an ecological hotspot. I have been tot the area before targeting Pachydactylus waterbergensis but I have had rotten luck. Pretty much the same thing this time around, but on the last night literally as I was heading home I found a group of two so I am super chuffed to have finally ticked this species off my list! :D

Two adult specimen

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I was also targeting Pedioplanis rubens which also only occurs in this very small habitat and found this species too. All and all, a decent two days.

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The Chondrodactylus in the area are MUCH larger than what I am used to, but as adults they look identical to the turneri I have seen before, but the juveniles look totally different to C. turneri juveniles, so maybe something for the taxonomists to look into. On a side note, apparently after some revisions/new species, turneri will no longer occur in Namibia, but a few other species will replace what we know as turneri. Will keep you posted.

Juvenile

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I would also appreciate any help IDing this skink. I first thought Trachylepis wahlbergii, but now I am leaning towards T. spilogaster. Any thoughts?

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Thanx for looking!
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Re: All Over Namibia

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:39 pm

Very nice finds.
That Chondrodactylus is too cute !
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