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Last year myself and Luke kemp set off on our most ambitious herping adventure to date. The trip spanned eight days and over 3700km with us herping both the Western and Northern Cape. We found over 50 species of reptiles and frogs and this video series is dedicated to our best finds and our funniest moments. This is the second of four videos of our west coast trip. Part two focuses on… Read More

On saturday the 19th of August Luke Kemp and I decided to try a new herping spot just outside of Grahamstown for a day trip. This video shows off all the animals we found and the coolest parts of our day.

Recently Luke and I (Chad Keates) went on a herping adventure to the Western Cape. We stayed two night in Wilderness and one night in Oudtshoorn, and the function of the trip, as usual, was to find as many reptiles and frogs as we could. Whilst dwarf adders and ghost frogs remained high on our list, the main function of this trip was to find dwarf chameleons. South Africa is home to… Read More

Recently myself and Luke Kemp made a trip to the Western Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most interesting reptiles and frogs. This video is part one of a two part mini-series designed to show our viewers what we found, where we went, and some of the funniest moments along the way. This first video covers our comical journey to the Western cape, our time in Bayworld museum, Wilderness and… Read More

Recently Luke Kemp and I ventured to the Northern Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most insane herps. Although we did not find everything we set out to find, we found a lot and had a great time doing it. The trip was filled with some memorable moments and some even more remarkable finds. Thanks Luke for making it such an adventure, and easily the best herping trip I have have done in… Read More

Recently Luke and I ventured to Northern Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most insane reptiles.This is the last of four videos, created to show you, the best parts of our trip. In this video we show off the reptiles of Aggeneys and we also detail the lighter side of our trip and the best parts along the way.

Recently Luke and I ventured to Northern Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most insane reptiles. This is video three of four, created to show you, the best parts of our trip. In this video we show off the reptiles and frogs that we found in Port Nolloth and Springbok. We also detail the lighter side of our trip and the best parts along the way.

Recently Luke and I ventured to Northern Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most insane reptiles. This is video two of four, created to show you, the best parts of our trip. In this video we show off the reptiles and frogs that we found in Augrabies. We also detail our trip to Port Nolloth and the funny things that happened along the way.

Luke and I just uploaded our first video as ‘Snakes and their Mates’. The first video which will make up a four-part mini-series. the first video focusses on our journey to Augrabies, the first stop on our tour through the Northern Cape.

Once again I found myself in Hogsback, and this time I was determined to catch and photograph (properly) the Amatola Flat Gecko (Afroedura amatolica). This trip to Hogsback was however not intended for herping or adventure but rather as a farewell for the Rhodes Zoology Honours class of 2016 who were staying on a nearby Hogsback farm for the weekend. Unlike my classmates who sought to study in the spare time between… Read More

This weekend saw Luke and I on the road again. This time we traveled to a far more magical place – Hogsback, the home of fairies, hobbits and more importantly, Natal black Snakes. We had been to Hogback several months prior and in the grips of winter, we had found many species from a large range of taxa. Last weekend held much promise because unlike last time, it was summer. We were… Read More

  Yesterday, Luke and I conquered tick bite fever and to celebrate, we ventured to Alicedale in search of the elusive berg adder, a species of dwarf adder which has not been seen in the region for over 75 years. To give context to the story, we had been in Alicedale one week prior and whilst we did not find the fabled berg adder, we did manage to find pepper ticks, lots… Read More

  Recently I went to Hogsback. For those who do not know, it is a quaint little town in the middle of the Eastern Cape with little to no influence from the outside world. What this town lacks in modernity, it makes up for in biodiversity. Hogsback is home to the Cape Parrot Project and the critically endangered Amathole toad (Vandijkophrynus amatolicus). Hogsback is lucky enough to call this species home because… Read More