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Chameleons Of South Africa

Something so obscure as wanting to find these tiny lizards all across South Africa sounded like an impossible task. But I’m the kind of person that goes all into these types of challenges – Is it even achievable? I’ve always had this fascination with chameleons since I was a child, growing up in Durban chameleons were […]

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Green Snakes of South Africa

There are 6 species of commonly seen green snakes in South Africa. Species commonly seen include. HARMLESS GREEN SNAKES: Spotted Bush Snake – Philothamnus semivariegatus Green Water Snake – Philothamnus hoplogaster Eastern Natal Green Snake – Philothamnus natalensis natalensis Western Natal Green Snake – Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis VENOMOUS GREEN SNAKES: Green Mamba – Dendroaspis angusticeps […]

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Bitis caudalis – Horned Adder

The Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis) was high on my wish-list on my recent trip to Namibia. Not an uncommon species but any means in fact locally they are abundant and can occur in rather high densities as I was to discover. These snakes can be found in the early morning basking amongst small shrubs and on […]

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Namib Web-Footed Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei)

Pachydactyus rangei  Namib Web-Footed Gecko. Being nocturnal, these geckos live mostly nestled in deep burrows in the desert sand where there is a moderate amount of moisture during the day. They venture out to the surface only when the desert’s temperature has dropped at night. We found several adult geckos on the tarred roads adjustment […]

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Phrynomantis annectens (Marbled Rubber Frog)

The Marbled Rubber Frog (Phrynomantis annectens) ranges from southwestern Angola, south through western and southern Namibia to the northern part of the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. It occurs from 600-1,200 m asl. It is a species adapted to arid environments, and is closely associated with inselbergs and other rock exposures. It breeds in temporary […]

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Bitis peringueyi – Peringuey’s Adder

Peringuey’s Adder (Bitis peringueyi) Peringuey’s Adder (Bitis peringueyi) These snakes described as common and inhabits undisturbed deserts. A small snake with an average total length of 20–25 cm, its maximum recorded total length is 32 cm. The head is short and flat with eyes located on top of the head. The head is covered with […]

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Common Harmless Snakes Of South Africa

Following on the success of the Common Snakes of Durban post that was compiled here is a much broader spectrum to cover South Africa. This insert below will touch on these medically insignificant snakes, which include harmless (non-venomous) as well as the common mildly venomous snakes which the average South African may come across on a […]

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St Lucia – December 2017

The days leading up to this have been rather dismal,  loads of rain and generally typically summer weather meant there was little in the ways of reptile activity in and around Durban. I decided late on Friday afternoon after packing a few things and finishing up with some work to head out to St Lucia. […]

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Prosymna janii – Mozambique Shovel-Snout.

Prosymna janii – Mozambique Shovel-Snout. This species is a nocturnal burrower, inhabiting coastal dune forest, coastal forest, woodland or grassland areas (Marais 1992). It is known to feed on hard-shelled gecko (Lygodactylus and Hemidactylus) eggs (Broadley 1992). Marais (1992) states that this snake may be threatened by the extensive use of off-road vehicles and by […]