Weekend trip to the escarpment

Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Doug Anderson » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:48 pm

Hi,

that scorp looks like Chiloctonus to me - can you describe where you found it? It definately isn't Opisthophthalmus :)
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby froot » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:32 am

Doug it was found under a rock above 2000m asl. about 20km west of Nelspruit.

It appears I need an updated field guide.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Westley Price » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:30 am

Man, I sooo regret missing out on this one!

I would have loved to photograph the Homopholis!

Well done guys and great variety of species.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby froot » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:35 pm

Thanks man, we missed you.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Bitisboy » Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:27 pm

ah great herp!!where did you find the Atropos'
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Bushviper » Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:40 pm

Bitisboy wrote:ah great herp!!where did you find the Atropos'


The locality will be Mpumalanga due to the possibility of poaching taking place seeing as these animals are still in those exact positions. Sorry but there are people out there who will data mine and then go visiting which we would like to avoid. It is a locality known to the Transvaal museum from previous expeditions.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Mongoose » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:16 pm

Ok, here are just a few of my photos from the trip -

Thanks guys for doing all the herping and letting me photographing everything ;)

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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Bushviper » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:20 pm

Ooh I like that tongue shot on the atropos.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Mongoose » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:22 pm

Thanks, it was a juvenile probably as long as the average mans middle finger.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby nvlooi » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:27 pm

Mongoose wrote:Thanks, it was a juvenile probably as long as the average mans middle finger.


That is minute!!!

Stunning pics all around!!!

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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby froot » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:47 am

Thanks guys for doing all the herping and letting me photographing everything


Wiseass! Was fun though, it's amazing how finding an atropos can suddenly heal a person's twisted ankle :-P
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Mitton » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:12 am

It is even more amazing how the only injured (twisted ankle) herper finds 4 out of the 5 atropos!

Goose, your pics are great
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Adriaan » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:57 am

Did you find the atropos on/under rocks or in grass tufts?
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby Mitton » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:08 am

Most were found sitting in front of rocks basking. The male was cruising around.
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Re: Weekend trip to the escarpment

Postby MV » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:46 am

Looks like a good trip you guys had. Wonder when my invitation went missing...cannot trust the postal service these days. Just kidding David...who found the ugly atropos?
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