First field trip of 2014

Dedicated exclusively to field herping.

Moderator: Scott Waters

Post Reply
Durban Keeper
Posts: 39
Joined: August 29th, 2011, 10:26 pm

First field trip of 2014

Post by Durban Keeper » March 3rd, 2014, 6:43 am

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 its a good 17 hour drive.
Image

Image

My destination was the beautifully situated remote town of Springbok.
Image

Image

I also paid the nearby Goegap Nature Reserve a visit & went on a 6KM hike to explore the beauty of Namaqualand.
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

I spent some time in Port Nolloth, home to the Desert Rain Frog, which became very well known after a video I filmed of the frog gained a few million views on youtube. These secretive creatures however managed to elude me this time round.
Image

Image

Image

Image

After a few days spent in the coastal town we headed back inland & spent a night camping in an incredibly hot region called Vioolsdrift. In the picture you can see the Orange river & the mountians of Namibia behind it.
Image

Most of the reptiles found in this region occupy rocky outcrops such as this one.
Image

Here is some of the herps I managed to find during my visit. First up some gecko species.

Probably my favourite indigenous gecko. While on the move they raise their tails & mimic the venomous scorpions of the region.

Rough gecko - Pachydactylus rugosus
Image

Image

Quartz gecko - Pachydactylus latirostris
Image

Bibrons Gecko - Chondrodactylus bibronii
Image

Webers gecko - Pachydactylus webri
Image

Image

Giant ground gecko - Chondrodactylus angulifer
Image

Cape Gecko - Pachydactylus capensis
Image

Image

The personal highlight of my trip was finding these beautiful geckos!
Barking Gecko - Ptenopus garrulous
Image

Image

Image

I also managed to photograph a few species of snake, the first species was very high on my wish list!

Cape coral snake - Aspidelaps lubricus
Image

Image

Image

Schinz's blindsnake - Rhinotyphlops schinzi
Image

Image

Image

Egg eater - Dasypeltis loveridgei
Image

Image

Bugeyed House Snake - Boaedon capensis
Image

Image

Image

Horned adder - Bitis caudalis
Image

Image

All in all a great way to start the year.
Thanks for looking.

Dean

User avatar
AndrewZ
Posts: 30
Joined: March 29th, 2013, 10:15 pm

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by AndrewZ » March 3rd, 2014, 7:06 am

great post man, love all the habitat shots. all nice finds but man i love that bugeyed house snake especially. that thing is cool looking.

User avatar
walk-about
Posts: 567
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 11:04 am
Location: 'God's Country' aka western KY
Contact:

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by walk-about » March 3rd, 2014, 3:53 pm

Fantastic post Dean! Scenic/habitat shots very nice. The Giant Ground and Barking gecks are really impressive looking little beast, and your images of them wonderful sir.

Rock ON!

Dave

User avatar
Mike VanValen
Posts: 2073
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Location: Connecticut
Contact:

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by Mike VanValen » March 3rd, 2014, 7:25 pm

I'm loving the recent Africa posts. If you have more please share. The scenery is amazing!

User avatar
justinm
Posts: 3430
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:26 am
Location: Illinois
Contact:

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by justinm » March 4th, 2014, 8:30 am

I loved the Geckos. Your photos are fantastic, keep them coming for sure. Your hard work really paid off.

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by chrish » March 4th, 2014, 8:41 am

Amazing stuff, top to bottom. Your beautiful habitat shots really make us feel like we are there.

That P. rugosus is really cool! And ditto about those housesnake eyes. They aren't just big, they are beautiful.

Thanks for helping us northerners survive a long cold winter (well, not where I live, but some people certainly are pining for herping season).

Jacob
Posts: 122
Joined: July 1st, 2010, 7:07 pm

Re: First field trip of 2014

Post by Jacob » March 4th, 2014, 12:10 pm

Awesome. I feel like every drive from point A to B was 17hrs in South Africa! Love the snapshots of the country.

Post Reply