Summer South Africa, a month in review.

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Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 8th, 2017, 2:30 am

The summer herping really officially kicks off in December down here in South Africa. The finds were broken into three concise trips as detailed in the routes below:

Trip 1:
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Trip 2:
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Trip 3:
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Species found over the three trips included:
Afroedura nivaria - Drakensberg Flat Gecko
Amietia delalandii - Common River Frog
Arthroleptis stenodactylus - Shovel-Footed Squeaker
Bradypodion setaroi - Setaro's Dwarf Chameleon
Cacosternum nanum - Bronze Dainty Frog
Chamaeleo dilepis - Flapneck Chameleon
Chamaesaura aenea - Coppery Grass Lizard
Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater
Hyperolius tuberinlinguis -Tinker Reed Frog
Hyperolius marmoratus mamoratus - Painted Reed Frog
Kassina senegalensis -Bubbling Kassina
Kinixys zombensis - Eastern Hinged Tortoise
Leptopelis natalensis - Natal Forest Tree Frog
Lamprophis guttatus -Spotted Rock Snake
Lygodactylus capensis - Cape Dwarf Gecko
Meroles squamulosus - Common Rough Lizard
Pachydactylus vansoni - Van Sons Gecko
Pedioplanis burchelli - Burchel's Sand Lizard
Philothamnus semivarigatus - Spotted Bush Snake
Phrynobatrachus natalensis - Snoring Puddle Frog
Ptychadena oxyrhynchus - Sharp Nosed Gras Frog
Pyxicephalus edulis - Edible Bull Frog
Sclerophrys garmani - Eastern Olive Toad
Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad
Strongylopus grayii - Clicking Stream Frog
Tomopterna cryptotis - Knocking and Frog
Tomopterna natalensis - Natal Sand Frog
Trachylepis depressa - Eastern Costal Skink
Vandijkophrynus gariepensis - Karoo Toad
Xenocalamus transvaalensis -Transvaal Quill Snout

Philothamnus semivarigatus - Spotted Bush Snake
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Phrynobatrachus natalensis - Snoring Puddle Frog
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Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad
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Lamprophis guttatus -Spotted Rock Snake
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Cacosternum nanum - Bronze Dainty Frog
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Hyperolius tuberinlinguis - Tinker Reed Frog
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Spotted Bush Snake Feeding on Tropical Hosue Gecko.
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Leptopelis natalensis - Natal Forest Tree Frog
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Tomopterna natalensis - Natal Sand Frog
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Arthroleptis stenodactylus - Shovel-Footed Squeaker
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Chamaeleo dilepis - Flapneck Chameleon
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater
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Lygodactylus capensis - Cape Dwarf Gecko
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Hyperolius tuberinlinguis - Tinker Reed Frog
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Coastal Dune Forest Habitat
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Sclerophrys garmani - Eastern Olive Toad
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Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater
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Trachylepis depressa - Eastern Costal Skink
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Vandijkophrynus gariepensis - Karoo Toad
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Road finds:
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Meroles squamulosus - Common Rough Lizard
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Xenocalamus transvaalensis -Transvaal Quill Snout
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Another specimen
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Bradypodion setaroi - Setaro's Dwarf Chameleon
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Sclerophrys gutturalis - Guttural Toad
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Road Finds
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eater
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Kinixys zombensis - Eastern Hinged Tortoise
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Leptopelis natalensis - Natal Forest Tree Frog. Plain green variation.
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Looking for frogs isn't all glamorous.
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Ptychadena oxyrhynchus - Sharp Nosed Gras Frog
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Pyxicephalus edulis - Edible Bull Frog
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A few unfortunate finds along the way:
Olive Snake:
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Scrub Hare:
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Brown Water Snake:
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Rhombic Egg Eater:
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East African Egg Eater:
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Green Water Snake:
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Southern Vine Snake:
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Rhombic Egg Eater:
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Brown House Snake:
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De Coster's Garter Snake:
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Road finds:
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Amietia delalandii - Common River Frog
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Chamaesaura aenea - Coppery Grass Lizard
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Catching lizards isn't easy.
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Afroedura nivaria - Drakensberg Flat Gecko
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Dasypeltis scabra - Rhombic Egg Eaters.
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In process of consuming an egg.
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Kassina senegalensis -Bubbling Kassina
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Pachydactylus vansoni - Van Sons Gecko
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Pedioplanis burchelli - Burchel's Sand Lizard
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Female
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Vandijkophrynus gariepensis - Karoo Toad
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Tomopterna natalensis - Natal Sand Frog
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Strongylopus grayii - Clicking Stream Frog
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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by achillesbeast » January 8th, 2017, 7:25 am

Great stuff, Tyrone. Really like those snake eater and Philothamnus shotos.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 11th, 2017, 10:54 pm

achillesbeast wrote:Great stuff, Tyrone. Really like those snake eater and Philothamnus photos.
Cheers thanks for the comment and taking the time to check out the thread.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » January 12th, 2017, 4:25 am

Nice! Also liked that you included the egg shell remains.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 12th, 2017, 5:53 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Nice! Also liked that you included the egg shell remains.
Cheers thanks Jeroen.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by Evgeny Kotelevsky » January 12th, 2017, 11:27 am

Cool photos! :)

Does that lizard bite painfully? :)

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 16th, 2017, 12:42 am

Evgeny Kotelevsky wrote:Cool photos! :)

Does that lizard bite painfully? :)

Thanks! Not at all they're small so it's more of a pinch.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by NACairns » January 17th, 2017, 8:11 pm

Great post as per usual, the frog diversity is great to see. I really feel we missed out when it came to naming our amphibians in North America.
Thanks for sharing,
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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by Jeremy Wright » January 18th, 2017, 7:44 pm

I don't know what it is but those photos where you are holding something in the middle of a road do something for me! Awesome finds and superb photography.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 22nd, 2017, 10:50 am

NACairns wrote:Great post as per usual, the frog diversity is great to see. I really feel we missed out when it came to naming our amphibians in North America.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
Cheers Nick Thanks for the comment. Taxonomy and common names around the world sure are interesting.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 22nd, 2017, 10:53 am

Jeremy Wright wrote:I don't know what it is but those photos where you are holding something in the middle of a road do something for me! Awesome finds and superb photography.

Cheers thanks Jeremy, something a little different always goes down a treat in my opinion.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by Badgerberling » January 26th, 2017, 7:52 am

Great photos. Especially thankful for the habitat and landscape backgrounds. Great to see a country I'll probably never get to. Thanks.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » January 31st, 2017, 1:25 am

Badgerberling wrote:Great photos. Especially thankful for the habitat and landscape backgrounds. Great to see a country I'll probably never get to. Thanks.
Cheers thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed the post.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by Bert Willaert » February 1st, 2017, 2:43 pm

Seems like a nice trip! Lovely species and good photos.

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by mariquensis » February 2nd, 2017, 6:15 am

Bert Willaert wrote:Seems like a nice trip! Lovely species and good photos.
Cheers, Thanks Bert!

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Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Post by chris_mcmartin » February 2nd, 2017, 7:33 am

Awesome photos.

Interesting to see the mites in the skin folds of the sand lizards.

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