Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Accounts and photos of non-captive reptiles in their natural habitat outside of South Africa. Try to record with your account details such as time of day/night, temperature, weather conditions, lunar cycle, sex, rough age of reptile, and so on.

View Gallery

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Sico » Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:11 pm

Took a short walk up a small hill above the main camp this afternoon. Maybe 600m in total distance although it was a fairly steep climb to the summit, where there is a small plateau that holds a water reservoir. The biodiversity here is something else… It was starting to get quite overcast so I couldn’t stick up there too long, but in the 40 minutes or so I did find a few nice things.

Lepidoptera (no names)
Image
A skipper
Image
Amorous Acraea’s
Image
Image
Not sure of this one, but shots with the wings open and closed… couldn’t get it to sit at a decent angle for me to get the wings really nicely…
Image
Image

A mantis
Image

Large female Mutilid wasp (Velvet ant)
Image

A nice millipede, around 250mm long
Image

And this place has to have the biggest diversity of fungi I have ever experienced. Just about everywhere you look there is something different coming up. These are some of the more interesting ones, I haven’t even been through the different types of bracket fungi yet…
Image
Image
Image
Image
Newly fruited…
Image
And after a while they turn into this…
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Mark
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.
User avatar
Sico
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1092
Joined: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:15 pm
Location: Randburg and the rest of the continent

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Ruan Stander » Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:24 pm

Insane, thanks for sharing.
The way to success has no shortcuts.
Ruan Stander
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1008
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Location: Mookgopong/Modimolle(Naboomspruit/Nylstroom)

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Silvrav » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:56 am

Most parts of the DRC is so remote and beautiful. I just wish the cities resembled it.

I visit Kinshasha often and wish I could escape to the outside area's but you dont wonder outisde after 5pm....
Carpet Python - Morelia spilota cheynei
User avatar
Silvrav
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1074
Joined: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:47 pm
Location: Pretoria East, Johannesburg, South Africa

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Sico » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:59 pm

I managed to get off into the forest today for a couple of hours. Not a lot of animal/insect life, but the plant life was pretty fantastic. Lots of orchids, mosses, trees, fungi… The insects are from the course of the week, the plants etc later on are from this afternoon. I will be leaving here in a week’s time, so I may post once more in this thread if I find anything decent during the week…

Moths
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Latoia albicosta
Image
Nudaurelia macrothyris

Interesting Hemipteran
Image

Mantids
Image
Image

Coleoptera
Image
Image

Not often seen, one of the Opiliones (Harvestman), and quite a large one
Image

Forest shots
Image
Image
Image

Orchids – I’d love to catch all these in full bloom
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

The site is literally covered in these large termite mounds – the biggest I have ever come across – this one measured by the surveyors is nearly 5m high and around 6m in diameter at the base and is one of the tallest, although there are several that are broader. I’d say there is one of these around every 100-200m in every direction, you can imagine the biomass of flying ants that comes out every night after a rain… the wings lie cm’s deep everywhere the next morning. Perfect staple diet for pretty much everything else around here.
Image

Mossy everything…
Image
Image

Bracket Fungus
Image
Image
Image
Image

Interesting the way these two have grown around the grass stalks…
Image
Image

Other fungi
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

That's it for now, hopefully I find a few more interesting insects etc before the week is up.
Mark
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.
User avatar
Sico
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1092
Joined: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:15 pm
Location: Randburg and the rest of the continent

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:23 am

That is just incredible :shock:
The way to success has no shortcuts.
Ruan Stander
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1008
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Location: Mookgopong/Modimolle(Naboomspruit/Nylstroom)

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Sico » Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:38 pm

Came across a group of 5 (2 adult and 3 adolescent)Southern Ground hornbills, Bucorvus leadbeateri
Image
It was really early in the morning, and again pretty misty, and before I could get a shot of the 5 of them, 3 flew off into the forest, two sat on trees next to the road, managed to get a single shot before they too joined the rest of the group. Really nice to see them, huge and majestic even if they are a little weird looking.
Also found this pretty large DOR Chameleon, I'm pretty sure this was an intentional death, as you cannot miss something this size crossing a 2 lane dirt road (it was in the middle) where the speed limit is 50km/h...
Image

And that wraps this one up. I'm off on leave for 6 weeks, hopefully to end up somewhere else in Feb 2015.
Mark
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.
User avatar
Sico
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1092
Joined: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:15 pm
Location: Randburg and the rest of the continent

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Ruan Stander » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:15 pm

That's a huge chameleon !

I must note though that in Africa, the speed limit signs we see are actually 'recommended speed' ;)
The way to success has no shortcuts.
Ruan Stander
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 1008
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Location: Mookgopong/Modimolle(Naboomspruit/Nylstroom)

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby Westley Price » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:27 am

Awesome finds, Sico.

I especially like the variety of inverts you find. That harvestman is a real cool find. They are freaky little buggers!

Have you seen any stick insects that side of the world?

I think the chameleon might be C. gracilis. They are very similar to C. dilepis, but generally more slender and longer.
"I am dying by inches from not having anybody to talk to about insects." - Charles Darwin
User avatar
Westley Price
Forum gatekeeper
 
Posts: 4015
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:25 am
Location: South Africa

Re: Kipoi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Postby reptile » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:06 pm

Spot on Westley! Its definiately larger an more slender.... Lol. On the serious side of things.... Yes that could be it does look different.
85% of all snakes are harmless!!!!
0:1 Super Hypo Leopard Gecko
God made everything... It's all to perfect for it to be able to just appear
User avatar
reptile
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 409
Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 1:08 pm
Location: Kandern, Germany

Previous

Return to Exotic reptile observation records

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron