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by Durban Keeper
March 13th, 2016, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2417

Zululand 2016

So my girlfriend & I took a short break and head up the North coast for a few days. Summer is coming to an end for us here in South Africa & I always get so nervous as these trips are planned well in advance and one never knows how things will pan out with the weather ect. For my girl its about the ...
by Durban Keeper
October 1st, 2015, 4:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring finds: KZN, South Africa (Reptiles and Amphibians)
Replies: 8
Views: 3491

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

Great post Nick & as always some really fantastic photography! I've asked you countless times to let me join you guys frogging around KZN, but I never seem to receive an invite! (Hint Hint!)
by Durban Keeper
October 1st, 2015, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Coast & Karoo 2015 (South Africa)
Replies: 4
Views: 2625

West Coast & Karoo 2015 (South Africa)

I recently spent 3 days in the Western Cape with with my good friend Lourance Klose. 3 days simply are not enough, but it was 3 days filled with fun, laughter and ofcourse some beautiful herps! Other then what's pictured below, we also found a DOR Bitis rubida, a very unattractive skaapsteker, Loura...
by Durban Keeper
March 24th, 2015, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dream find, GABOON!
Replies: 18
Views: 6646

Re: Dream find, GABOON!

A very special moment in every SA herpers life and one very few will ever get to experience. Gabonica in all its splendour. Well done Nick.
by Durban Keeper
March 13th, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4468

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

Hi guys. It seems my photobucket limit has reset. I hope you don't mind me bumping this post. Apologies for the trouble caused.
Thanks,
Dean.
by Durban Keeper
February 22nd, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4468

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

Thanks everyone for your comments. Some gecko species where found in rock cracks and some where spotted crossing the road at night. The Mole Snake encounter was truly a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. I must apologise for the fact that the images wont show up. I'm very sorry, but the...
by Durban Keeper
February 20th, 2015, 1:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4468

South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.

After a rather busy 2014 my girlfriend & I decided an early year break was in order. We opted to do a cross country road trip, one which saw us covering a distance of over 6300 kilometres in a space of 3 weeks. Right from the start she made it quite clear that this was not to be a ‘herping trip’, bu...
by Durban Keeper
March 3rd, 2014, 7:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (updated species names)
Replies: 18
Views: 4309

Re: Southern Africa

Jacob you did really well. Let me know if you need any help on the ID's. Never nice to see a dead file snake, overall though your species count was incredible. I hope you had a great stay here!

Dean
by Durban Keeper
March 3rd, 2014, 6:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First field trip of 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2316

First field trip of 2014

I once again returned to the beautiful Northern Cape province of South Africa to get away from it all, visit some good friends and of course photograph me some reptiles! As always Id like to share some of our beautiful countries scenery with you first. The road is long... almost 1800KM from home, so...
by Durban Keeper
March 3rd, 2014, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern KZN, South Africa- Reptiles, Amphibians and more.
Replies: 25
Views: 7868

Re: Northern KZN, South Africa- Reptiles, Amphibians and mor

Excellent post Nick! I know you put a great deal of time & effort into getting these images. It shows in the quality of your work!
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Africa: 2013 Year in Review
Replies: 6
Views: 2437

Re: Africa: 2013 Year in Review

Very pretty little Boaedon you guys found. Nice pics.
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2013 Part 3
Replies: 7
Views: 3481

Re: Herping 2013 Part 3

Some awesome headshots!
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2013 part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 1923

Re: Herping 2013 part 2

You really managed to capture the essence and beauty of the desert. Awesome finds allround.
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2013 Part 1
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: Herping 2013 Part 1

Really enjoyed the Kingsnakes, but that Granite night lizard is Amazing!
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2961

Re: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!

Gaboon adder replica hahaha uhm ok sum ting wong
by Durban Keeper
December 22nd, 2013, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Mainland China 2012-13
Replies: 22
Views: 7101

Re: Herping in Mainland China 2012-13

Almost 90% of these are new for me. Great images. Thank you for taking the time to share some of your countries beautiful reptiles and amphibians with us. Your photographs are world class.
by Durban Keeper
November 27th, 2013, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013
Replies: 11
Views: 3390

Re: Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013

Being my first trip to the region I cant really say which is the best time of year, but as this is springtime/early summer its definitely a productive time of year. A lot of these where lifers for me. I must admit when we found the Megatyphlops schlegelii I did a little happy dance! I have always wa...
by Durban Keeper
November 15th, 2013, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013
Replies: 11
Views: 3390

Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013

I haven't posted anything in a while, but I would like to share my most recent trip with you as it's in all likelyhood going to be my last one for the year. I flew up from Durban to Johannesburg airport & met up with some friends & then drove from JHB to Hoedspruit, a town in the Limpopo province of...
by Durban Keeper
July 11th, 2013, 11:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Zulu(wonder)land
Replies: 5
Views: 2133

Winter Zulu(wonder)land

We are well & truly in the middle of our winter & here on the east coast of South Africa that means the daytime temps are in the low to mid 20's...a friend & I recently spent less then 15 hours total in the field and managed to turn up an awesome 10 species of snake, 7 species of frog & toad and 2 s...
by Durban Keeper
February 21st, 2013, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A handsome male Gonocephalus grandis
Replies: 14
Views: 6189

Re: A handsome male Gonocephalus grandis

These are some of the most impressive photo's I think I have ever seen! Well done.
by Durban Keeper
February 21st, 2013, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5004

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Funny how life goes some times. Just a few days ago I upload my first video to youtube to share with you guys, not thinking anything of it & expecting like 50 views at best & here I sit a week later with over 3 000 000 views! I had the craziest week of my life & it came in the most unexpected way. I...
by Durban Keeper
February 13th, 2013, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5004

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Hi everyone. Glad you liked the pictures. Thanks for taking the time out to comment, much appreciated. Ruxs, I found Rhinotyphlops schinzi on the road. While in Groen Rivier I came across two Rhinotyphlops lalandei which I flipped under rocks. Here is a short video I made of the rain frogs I found. ...
by Durban Keeper
February 12th, 2013, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5004

Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Hello from South Africa! I Recently got back from my second visit to the Northern Cape province & Ill tell you what, the doctors say I should be fine once they manage to remove this Toyota Tazz from my backside! One tends to forget just how vast this country is! Between my best friend & I we did jus...
by Durban Keeper
September 13th, 2011, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Freestate, South Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 2962

Re: Freestate, South Africa

Thanks guys. Kingcam, Dasypeltis have the most amazing threat display! They rub their roughly keeled scales together in a circular motion to create a sharp rasping or hissing sound. They then strike out violently, taking care never to actually 'bite' their victim, as this would make them aware to th...
by Durban Keeper
September 12th, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Freestate, South Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 2962

Freestate, South Africa

As part of my recent roadtrip I spent two nights in a city called Bloemfontien, where I met up with a good friend who I had not seen in ages. We managed to get out into the field each day for a couple hours. I managed to find Striped Skaapsteker, Psammophylax tritaeniatus, which was a first for me. ...
by Durban Keeper
September 8th, 2011, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S GREEN SWAMP Part 1 Life in the Swamp
Replies: 43
Views: 29221

Re: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S GREEN SWAMP Part 1 Life in the Swamp

Man oh man! You live in paradise dude. This post really captivated me. Can't imagine finding things like that in my garden. All your in situ pics are very good. Love all the kingsnakes. Off to go read part 2! Thank you for taking the time to put this together.
by Durban Keeper
September 7th, 2011, 11:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More photos from Sonora, Mexico
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: More photos from Sonora, Mexico

Incredible photography. very, very nice! what a beautiful bunch of herps! That Tarantula bears a striking resemblance to Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, the Green Bottel Blue. Not to sure about their range though!

Thanks for a quality post man!
by Durban Keeper
September 6th, 2011, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Treasures of the Sierra Madre
Replies: 65
Views: 14303

Re: Treasures of the Sierra Madre

What an incredible post! Amazing finds. Wow. Beaded lizards, boas, corals and milks. Great photography!
by Durban Keeper
September 6th, 2011, 2:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 4231

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa

Frogshot: At the Aurgabies fall the the Platysaurus are a dime a dozen. They bask in little pockets of a male accompanied by a few females. Also saw two males having a go at each other, so I guess they are protective over what territory & females they deem to be theirs. Here is a pic of a female for...
by Durban Keeper
September 5th, 2011, 1:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 4231

Northern Cape, South Africa

A friend & I did a cross country road trip last month, my first real road trip ever, in two weeks we covered almost 6000km's. It was never intended as a herping trip, but I had a scratch around for a couple hours every day while in the Northern Cape. I never did any road cruising, everything was fou...
by Durban Keeper
September 3rd, 2011, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kraits and Komodos - 2011 DUW
Replies: 18
Views: 3617

Re: Kraits and Komodos - 2011 DUW

What an amazing journey. Seeing Komodos in the wild! What a pleasure it must be, but it sounds like hard herping. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your brilliant story, felt like I was right there!
by Durban Keeper
September 3rd, 2011, 1:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albino Butlers Garter & Case Closed
Replies: 26
Views: 4084

Re: Albino Butlers Garter & Case Closed

Incredible observations and photos Carl. The day I find my first albino is still but a figment of my dreams. Your report on the Hoggs is very interesting. In South Africa our Spotted Skaapsteekers females remain with the clutch once laid and they tend to use the same nesting site year upon year. D
by Durban Keeper
September 2nd, 2011, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, June 2011 trip...
Replies: 25
Views: 18788

Re: Costa Rica, June 2011 trip...

Sick, sick, sick! One of the best herp posts I have ever seen hands down. Such diversity and beauty just astounds me. Your photography is worthy of publication in my oppinion. Well done on an epic trip!
by Durban Keeper
September 2nd, 2011, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Canadian Crotalus
Replies: 20
Views: 3140

Re: Some Canadian Crotalus

Kevin your photography is brilliant. The salamander looks like such a cool critter. I hope the racers bounce back in numbers, they are beautiful! D
by Durban Keeper
September 2nd, 2011, 1:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.
Replies: 25
Views: 5599

Re: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.

MHollanders I like your question. It's just statistics that I've heard, but we too often believe everything we hear & read & seldom stop to question. How exactly they determine such numbers I do not know. There are groups like SARCA (South African Reptile Conservation Assessment) That spend weeks in...
by Durban Keeper
September 1st, 2011, 3:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.
Replies: 25
Views: 5599

Re: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.

Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

Tom, I've never been to that part of the country. I suggest you find a nice stretch of road & cruise it early morning & in the evenings. Do some active searching during the day, just keep an eye out for lions bud!

Dean
by Durban Keeper
September 1st, 2011, 1:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.
Replies: 25
Views: 5599

Re: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.

Cheers Mitch! That photo is proudly displayed in a frame on my lounge wall!
by Durban Keeper
August 31st, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.
Replies: 25
Views: 5599

Re: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.

Thanks Guys! Ben, M. capensis are primarily snake eaters in the wild yes & as with kingsnakes I believe they are immune to snake venom. They do take mice in captivity though, which leads me to believe the same may also be true for the wild, but they are secretive & rare, so who knows for sure! I've ...
by Durban Keeper
August 31st, 2011, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zululand, KZN, South Africa.
Replies: 25
Views: 5599

Zululand, KZN, South Africa.

Hey guys. My name is Dean & I live in a city called Durban on the east coast of South Africa. Thought I would share some of my herping exploits as I thoroughly enjoy looking and reading through yours. These photo's are the result of 3 Northern Zululand trips from last season. Landscape & locals: The...