Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

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Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Fooble » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:08 pm

After a decent amount of planning in the beginning of the year it was finally time to head to Namibia.

Leaving my home city of Durban (South Africa), I travelled to Johannesburg and then connected to Windhoek, Namibia for the next 9 days.
Although there wasn't all that much time for herping days on end I certainly made the most of it. Hope you enjoy the images.

Trip outline:
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No chance the bags will get opened up to take a few things :lol:
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Bitis peringueyi - Peringuey's Adder.
Chamaeleo namaquensis - Namaqua Chameleon
Chondrodactylus turneri -Turners Gecko
Dendroaspis polylepis - Black Mamba
Dayspeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater.
Meroles reticulatus - Retculated Desert Lizard
Meroles suborbitalis - Spotted Desert Lizard
Pachydactylus puntactus - Speckled Gecko
Pachydactylus maraisi - Marais's Gecko
Pachydactylus rangei - Namib Web Footed Dune Gecko
Rhoptropus barnardi - Barnards namib Day Gecko
Rhoptropus bradfieldi - Bradfields Namib Day Gecko

Just want you want to see when on a trip.
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The iconic snake of the Namib Desert. Bitis peringueyi - Peringuey's Adder.
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Even when you're in the middle of nowhere news travels fast!
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The gravel plains with small shrubs dotted around it, home to Bitis caudalis and notable Chamaeleo.
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This was something I've always wanted to see since I was a kid. A dream find you could say. Chamaeleo namaquensis - Namaqua Chameleon
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They switch it up as soon as they venture onto the gravel plains
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These are one of the most common geckos across Namibia Chondrodactylus turneri - Turners Gecko
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They're fairly large robust geckos.
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Behind the scenes
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Another extremely common snake across Southern Africa Dayspeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater.
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Small male
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Towards Walvis Bay through Dorob National Park.
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Trying to catch these Meroles reticulatus - Retculated Desert Lizards is something else.
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This technique seemed to work rather well!
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The equally as quick Meroles suborbitalis - Spotted Desert Lizard
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Classic sights, social Weaver Bird nests, Naja nivea are known to frequent these but I wasn't in luck this time.
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Found numerous individuals within a few feet fo each other under some rocks on the gravel plains Pachydactylus puntactus - Speckled Gecko
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Hatchling
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Adults
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Long days in the field when the sun only goes down around 20:30pm
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Another huge find for me on this trip was this nondescript little gecko Pachydactylus maraisi - Marais's Gecko.
Described only as recently as 2011 and renamed after one of the masters in Southern African herpetology Johan Marais.
Commonly seen benath small rocks amongst larger boulders:
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In the middle of nowhere, or so I thought.
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Another Icon of the Namib Palmatogecko rangei - Namib Web Footed Dune Gecko

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After 45mins in the sweltering afternoon sun chasing down this Rhoptropus I finally managed some photographs.
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Rhoptropus barnardi - Barnards namib Day Gecko

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A little car trouble.
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Another common species that inhabits the large round black boulders along the coastline Rhoptropus bradfieldi - Bradfields Namib Day Gecko
Habitat:
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Unforynately darker specimen with lost tail.
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Thanks for looking!

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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Mitton » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:36 am

Bloody hell, those pics are fantastic.
Looks like you had a great time, some nice finds.
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby IanM » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am

Great pictures, love the day geckos, they look like little dragons
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Westley Price » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:06 pm

Awesome pics s always and a great selection of finds!

That P. maraisi is out of this world!
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:45 pm

Thanks Wes!

When you're out that part of the world go scratch around for the P. maraisi easy enough to get.
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:45 pm

IanM wrote:Great pictures, love the day geckos, they look like little dragons


Cheers Ian, they put our Lygodactlys to shame they're huge.
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:46 pm

Mitton wrote:Bloody hell, those pics are fantastic.
Looks like you had a great time, some nice finds.


Cheers man! Highly suggest heading out that side if you ever get a chance!
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Sico » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:03 pm

Great shots and awesome species Tyrone. I'm planning a roadtrip from Jhb to CT via Northern and Western cape, back through the Karoo in Dec, so also hoping to find some interesting things.
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Fooble » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:26 pm

Sico wrote:Great shots and awesome species Tyrone. I'm planning a roadtrip from Jhb to CT via Northern and Western cape, back through the Karoo in Dec, so also hoping to find some interesting things.


Thanks man!

Sounds like a good route for that time of year! Goodluck be sure to share what you find!
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Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Postby Sico » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:05 pm

Always! How do you know my posts... :p
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