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Zululand 2016

Posted: March 13th, 2016, 8:57 pm
by Durban Keeper
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 'holiday'... For me its about finally getting to spend some time outdoors looking for interesting subjects to photograph! This trip produced some fantastic lifers for me. Over and above the pics below I also sadly did find some DOR's... These included:

Variegated Slug Eater
Southern Vine Snake
Boomslang
Brown House Snake
Olive Grass Snake
Natal Rock Python
Night Adder

And sadly also this Gaboon Adder...
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We visited a few places during our stay. The whole region is in the grips of a drought with St. Lucia and Hluhluwe being the worst effected.

St. Lucia
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Sodwana Bay
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Mtunzini
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Hluhluwe
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Here's some of the animals I was fortunate enough to find.

Red-legged Kassina - Kassina maculata
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Tinker Reed Frog - Hyperolius tuberilinguis
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Eastern Olive Toad - Amietophrynus garmani
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Greater Leaf-folding Frog - Afrixalus fornasinii
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Bubbling Kassina - Kassina senegalensis
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Argus Reed Frog - Hyperolius argus
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Serrated Hinged Terrapin - Pelusios sinuatus
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Eastern Hinged-Back Tortoise - Kinixys zombensis
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Cape Dwarf Gecko - Lygodactylus capensis
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Flap-Necked Chameleon - Chamaeleo dilepis
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Mozambique Shovel-snout - Prosymna janii
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East African Egg Eater - Dasypeltis medici
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Rhombic Egg Eater - Dasypeltis scabra
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Speckled quill-snouted snake - Xenocalamus transvaalensis
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Variegated Slug Eater - Duberria variegate
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And to end the post off... some furry ones too!

Vervet monkeys eating berries and fooling around in iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
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Thick tailed Bushbaby from Hluhluwe.
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Thanks for looking.
Dean.

Re: Zululand 2016

Posted: March 14th, 2016, 9:08 am
by dwakefield
Looks like you had some good finds! Too bad about the DOR Gaboon. My first Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake was a DOR.......that was hard to see!

Re: Zululand 2016

Posted: March 14th, 2016, 11:02 am
by Jeroen Speybroeck
Exquisite, thanks! Some beautiful frogs!

Re: Zululand 2016

Posted: March 14th, 2016, 12:18 pm
by Roki
Great photos! Thanks for sharing. The Afrixalus fornasinii is my favorite.

Re: Zululand 2016

Posted: March 14th, 2016, 8:03 pm
by chrish
Great. Thanks for posting.

There is something weirdly intriguing about Xenocalamus. I love seeing pictures of those. The head shot was great.