Herping Cape Town

From the 25th to the 29th of August 2018, myself and Luke Kemp herped in Cape Town, and it’s surrounds. We went towards the end of winter because unlike most trips, we were after the endemic frogs that call the Cape their home, and they love the cold, wet weather that the winter months have to offer. We ventured far and wide, and our travels saw us herping Silvermine, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Koeberg and Kogelberg Nature Reserve, to name a few.

We also met up with several amateur and professional herpers (Bryan Maritz, Theo Busschau, Andries Cilliers, Deon Oosthuizen and Willem van Zyl… to name a few). All in all, the trip was a blast and saw us finding lots of lifers in only a short few days.

Species List:

Cape Legless Skink (Acontias meleagris)

Marbled Leaf-toed Gecko (Afrogecko porphyreus)

Cape Rain Frog (Breviceps gibbosus)

Southern Caco (Cacosternum australis)

Montane Marsh Frog (Poyntonia Paludicola)

Black Girdled Lizard (Cordylus niger)

Cross-Marked Whip Snake (Psammophis crucifer)

Spotted Skaapsteker (Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus)

Delalande’s Beaked Blind Snake (Rhinotyphlops lalandei)

Silvery Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes bipes)

Cape Skink (Trachylepsis capensis)

Southern Blind Legless Skink (Typhlosaurus caecus )

Cape Sand Frog (Tomopterna delalandii)

Knysna Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion damaranum)

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