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by Nick Evans
April 24th, 2017, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Sightings in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

Snake Sightings in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Pictured below, are some beautiful snake species which I have recently encountered in & around my home province, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Most of these were rescued from people's homes. Haven't been able to go on a good field trip in a while! Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). Westville, KZN....
by Nick Evans
March 27th, 2017, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleons of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 2469

Re: Chameleons of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thanks so much everyone :)
Really appreciate it.

@BioNerds- good luck! I look forward to seeing the pics :D Would be cool to meet up one day for a chameleon hunt!
by Nick Evans
March 20th, 2017, 1:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleons of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 2469

Chameleons of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

On Saturday, some friends and I went in search for a very special chameleon. It was the last of the chameleon species occurring in the province that we were yet to see. We saw it! There's 8 Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion), including one yet to be fully described, which occur in the province of KwaZulu...
by Nick Evans
January 31st, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few finds from Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 2339

A few finds from Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hi all, I recently spent a bit of time in the northern parts of my home province, KwaZulu-Natal. The area is renown for being the 'diversity hot-spot' of the country. I didn't have too much luck this trip, although I think the drought, which has crippled the area for the past year or two, has affect...
by Nick Evans
January 22nd, 2017, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 1833

Re: Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa

Thanks guys! :beer:

Yeah @mtratcliffe, they're the future of conservation! They were so passionate.

Jeroen, indeed, definitely one of the cutest little critters around :)
by Nick Evans
January 16th, 2017, 4:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 1833

Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa

Hi all, I finally got to explore outside of my home province (KwaZulu-Natal) last week, when I went to a town called Wakkerstroom. The purpose of the trip was to co-lead a public frogging event, with BirdLife South Africa ( http://www.wakkerstroom.co.za/birdlife-south-africa/ ) and my friends from T...
by Nick Evans
January 16th, 2017, 12:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer finds so far, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!
Replies: 3
Views: 1684

Re: Summer finds so far, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!

Thanks for the comments :thumb:

Dwakefield, it sure is an awesome country that's well worth a visit!
by Nick Evans
January 10th, 2017, 5:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer finds so far, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!
Replies: 3
Views: 1684

Summer finds so far, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!

Hi guys, It's been a hectic past few months for me workwise, but fortunately a lot of that work has been in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, the most diverse region of South Africa. So I have managed to see a few cool things in-between working! I've also caught some beautiful snakes around the city of Durban...
by Nick Evans
November 4th, 2016, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3169

Re: Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016

Thanks guys, appreciate the supportive comments! :thumb:

@NACairn's yeah the Hemisus is a fossorial species which emerges after heavy rains.
by Nick Evans
October 23rd, 2016, 9:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3169

Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016

I spend a lot of my spring/summer nights searching for frogs. Whether it's survey work, research, or just for fun (which it usually is). Where I'm based, in KwaZulu-Natal, we have plenty to look for, as it is the most species-rich province in South Africa. Of course, one sees a whole lot more than '...
by Nick Evans
September 2nd, 2016, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inland Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 5137

Re: Inland Australia

Awesome post! Great finds, great photos.
I need to get to Australia!
by Nick Evans
September 2nd, 2016, 2:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Af

Thanks LouB747, if you're ever in this part of the world, just shout ;)
by Nick Evans
August 31st, 2016, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Re: Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Af

Thank you so much John & Fieldherper! Really appreciate the comments :thumb:
by Nick Evans
August 30th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 8
Views: 3256

Black Mambas from around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hi, I just thought I'd share some photos of my photos one of my favourite species around, the awe-inspiring Black Mamba! I'm lucky enough to work with these majestic creatures on a regular basis, as they're often venturing into suburban properties here in Durban. I've come to learn that their fearso...
by Nick Evans
August 15th, 2016, 2:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake conservation in South Africa!
Replies: 4
Views: 1945

Re: Snake conservation in South Africa!

Thanks so much guys, for your comments and support :thumb: jonathan, uhmm...they can be. They often find their way into tight spaces. Getting them out can be tricky, especially because they spit and spit, and never seem to run out of venom :? To be honest, I try to pin down the head as quickly as po...
by Nick Evans
August 11th, 2016, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake conservation in South Africa!
Replies: 4
Views: 1945

Snake conservation in South Africa!

Hi guys, Thought I'd share some interesting pics from some of my conservation work in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. My full-time 'job' mainly is snake conservation. I run my own programme called KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (http://www.kznamphibianreptileconservation.com) Long name,...
by Nick Evans
July 29th, 2016, 9:51 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 9900

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

Thank you so much for your input and advice everyone, really appreciate it :thumb:
by Nick Evans
July 27th, 2016, 9:44 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 9900

Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

Hi guys Looking for some advice please :) I have the non-L series Canon 100mm macro lens. I'm thinking of upgrading to the L-series, but not sure if it's worth it? It's only for photographing reptiles and amphibians of course, in the field, so I never use a tripod. I use a twin flash. Does the IS sy...
by Nick Evans
June 20th, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 4430

Re: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!

Thank you very much :) :)
by Nick Evans
June 16th, 2016, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 4430

Re: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!

Thanks so much guys! :mrgreen: Appreciate the comments :thumb:
by Nick Evans
June 14th, 2016, 12:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 4430

How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!

Hi guys, thought I'd share a fascinating story that I was lucky enough to be a part of recently. A few weeks ago, I was called out to a home to remove a Mozambique Spitting Cobra, which was hanging around by someone's backdoor. When I arrived, the snake had taken refuge in a drain pipe. I bent down ...
by Nick Evans
April 1st, 2016, 4:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN, South Africa
Replies: 5
Views: 2836

Reptiles & Amphibians from around KZN, South Africa

Hi all. Thought I'd share some photos of some of the reptiles & amphibians I've been lucky enough to see over the past few months. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get away as much as I would have liked, but I did get to do some exploring in the KZN Midlands and Northern parts of the province (Z...
by Nick Evans
October 11th, 2015, 1:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Gaboon of 2015!
Replies: 10
Views: 4458

Re: Second Gaboon of 2015!

Thanks guys!

Sure, will post on there!
by Nick Evans
October 8th, 2015, 7:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Gaboon of 2015!
Replies: 10
Views: 4458

Re: Second Gaboon of 2015!

Thanks everyone!

Yes, truly a magnificent animal! :thumb:
by Nick Evans
October 5th, 2015, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Gaboon of 2015!
Replies: 10
Views: 4458

Second Gaboon of 2015!

After seeing our first Gaboon Adder in the wild in March this year, my fiancee' and I were treated to yet another sighting this past weekend, on a second consecutive visit to iSimangaliso Wetland Park...(KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) We saw this impressive male, of around 1,2m long, crossing a very b...
by Nick Evans
October 4th, 2015, 9:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians)
Replies: 8
Views: 3335

Re: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians

Thanks guys!!

LouB747, no not yet. Waiting for nice weather to release it, and I'll hopefully get some pics. It's an incredibly aggressive specimen!
by Nick Evans
October 1st, 2015, 9:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians)
Replies: 8
Views: 3335

Re: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians

Thanks all! :thumb: Appreciate it!

NACairns, they are always present. There's a very similar frog of the same genus, Afrixalus delicates. They look identical, but the identity of spinifrons is given away by those tubercles! No idea on the function........
by Nick Evans
October 1st, 2015, 3:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians)
Replies: 8
Views: 3335

Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians)

Hi all Spring is finally underway here in South Africa, after a mild and short winter. With some warm weather and decent rain, reptile and amphibian activity has picked up nicely. Here are some photos of what I've been finding in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mamba in the sky! Picture was taken after...
by Nick Evans
July 30th, 2015, 11:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Re: Snake education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!

Thank you very much all, for the encouragement and support! Appreciate it! :beer: :thumb: :D
by Nick Evans
July 30th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!
Replies: 11
Views: 4547

Snake education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!

Hi guys Thought I'd post something a bit different about snakes, not herping, but education. Over the past few months, my full-time job has pretty much been snake education. I have been travelling around the province of KwaZulu-Natal, teaching people about our amazing indigenous snake species. There...
by Nick Evans
June 6th, 2015, 10:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Replies: 14
Views: 4434

Re: Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA

Thanks very much MC Herper! Really appreciate it :thumb: You have to visit Africa! Kenya is on my wishlist too, East Africa looks amazing, and seems so diverse in all forms of wildlife! And yes, if you ever head down to South Africa let me know! Would be cool to do some herping missions! Cheers Nick
by Nick Evans
June 6th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Replies: 14
Views: 4434

Re: Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA

The Real Snake Man, thanks for the feedback. :) Glad you and Hans Breuer (and others) like the pics :thumb: Restraining the mamba behind the head is the safest way for snake and handler. Any other way is dangerous. By trying to force it into a bucket or something using tongs is probably going to cau...
by Nick Evans
June 1st, 2015, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Replies: 14
Views: 4434

Some snakes from KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA

Hi all It's been a busy few weeks here in KwaZulu-Natal in terms of call-outs. I remove snakes from areas surrounding the city of Durban. It's been unusually warm of late here, so the snakes have been cruising! Snakes here, like in most of the world, are feared and hated. There are many beliefs in t...
by Nick Evans
April 2nd, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Mambas from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 1269

More Mambas from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The month of March was fairly busy for me in terms of call outs for Mambas. I have already posted about the one Black Mamba in a storeroom, here are a few more. At the beginning of March, I was called by some people who saw a large green snake go into their car. I thought t was too inland for Green ...
by Nick Evans
March 28th, 2015, 7:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4275

Re: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.

WOW Dean! Incredible post, pics and finds! Thanks for sharing photos of our beautiful country and it's fauna :thumb:
by Nick Evans
March 26th, 2015, 12:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dream find, GABOON!
Replies: 18
Views: 5770

Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Thanks all for the compliments! :thumb: Sonora, like Rothdigga said, very overblown! KZN is the most diverse provinces, for all species. The holiday destinations are safe. The only dangerous parts are in Durban city and some suburban areas (and rural communities), but you could still drive through t...
by Nick Evans
March 24th, 2015, 2:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dream find, GABOON!
Replies: 18
Views: 5770

Dream find, GABOON!

Over the past weekend, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, myself, girlfriend and 2 friends came across something we were all dying to see... Bitis gabonica!! http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag32/Nick-Evans/IMG_2133_zpso7nekqkm.jpg http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag32/Nick-Evans/IMG_2138_zpsjfuzyynk....
by Nick Evans
March 20th, 2015, 2:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal
Replies: 22
Views: 4488

Re: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal

No it is not all about the photo score, however, one does not often get the chance to have their photo taken with such an incredible animal.

The snake is alive and in appropriate habitat. It has not had it's head cut off, and is unharmed.

All is well.
by Nick Evans
March 18th, 2015, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal
Replies: 22
Views: 4488

Re: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal

As long as it doesn't involve me putting my hand in a container with a mamba I'd be happy to give it water :thumb:

Let's see, hopefully someone will come up with something.

Cheers
Nick
by Nick Evans
March 18th, 2015, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal
Replies: 22
Views: 4488

Re: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal

Thanks for the input Kelly, I do see your point of view. The snakes are usually (such as this mamba) are put in a dark box, to minimize stress. I kept it overnight, as I only caught it in the evening so didn't have much time to release it afterwards. I peeped through the holes, and the snake was in ...
by Nick Evans
March 18th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal
Replies: 22
Views: 4488

Black Mamba Catch and Release, KwaZulu-Natal

Hi all Yesterday I was called out to a town called Queensborugh, near Durban. The owners of the house had reported a large snake in their store room. When I arrived, the gardener was standing at the entrance to the storeroom, keeping an eye on the snake. As I stepped in, I could just see a bit of th...
by Nick Evans
February 8th, 2015, 11:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 4815

Re: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Afri

Thanks guys :thumb:

I liked the bee suit, thought it looked very cool ;) :lol:
by Nick Evans
February 5th, 2015, 11:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 4815

Re: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Afri

Thanks guys!

TravisK-Yeah they are cool. I especially love the Worm Lizards. They are horrible to photograph but really interesting animals.
by Nick Evans
February 4th, 2015, 11:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 4815

Re: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Afri

Thanks for all the compliments! Appreciate it!

Paul- I didn't see any Breviceps mating. I only saw one! It's been fairly dry up until recently, so most of the frogs were encountered on one rainy night.

Jason-Yes come for a little longer! January or February!
by Nick Evans
February 4th, 2015, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 4815

Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Over the past month and a bit I've been lucky enough to work and live in Zululand, Northern Natal. I've been guiding and doing a few other random things, but mostly looking for snakes! It's such an amazing part of the world, with so much to see and such a high level of diversity. I've had some great...
by Nick Evans
November 22nd, 2014, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa Oct 2014, my 4th trip back
Replies: 16
Views: 6615

Re: South Africa Oct 2014, my 4th trip back

Great post Jason! You got more excellent photos this trip! Sorry I wasn't able to meet up with you, next time!