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On Wednesday the 10th of October I attended the Prize giving for the WESSA Heritage Day Photo Competition at NELM (National English Literary Museum). The photo competition was open to the public and had three categories, namely: scholar, amateur and professional. I was fortunate enough to win the amateur category with my photo of the juvenile boomslang perched in a tree (Photo below). Thanks goes to all the organisers of the event… Read More

Grahamstown, and the area surrounding, plays host to some amazing reptile diversity. if you are keen on reptiles, like myself, and wish to find them all, you will be surprised at just how much there is to find. There are approximately 24 species of snake in and around Grahamstown, but don’t worry, if you are not looking for them, they’re are only a handful that you really have to watch out for…. Read More

This list is in no particular order and is based on what I have seen inside or very close to Grahamstown. Boomslang (Dispholidus typus typus) Size: 1.2-1.5m. Habits: Diurnal snakes which are found in a large variety of habitats, most commonly in trees and shrubs, but may descend to the floor to bask or find food. Diet: Chameleons, frogs, tree-living lizards, birds and occasionally rodents. Danger to man: The boomslang possesses a very dangerous haemotoxic venom… Read More

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) Family: Colubridae. Size: 1.2-1.5m. Distribution: Widespread African species that has been found in every province in South Africa. The snake is particularly abundant along the southern coast from the tip of the Western Cape through the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal and  into Mpumalanga, where it spreads northwards and westwards into Limpopo, Gauteng and the North West. Although present in every province, the snake is absent from the drier… Read More

Recently, Luke Kemp and I attended the 13th biennial HAA (Herpetological Association of Africa) conference in Bonamanzi Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, Kwazulu Natal. The conference took place from 23-27 January 2017. This video forms part of a two part mini-series designed to showcase our experiences at the conference. This is a collection of some of the animals we managed to find and some of the herpetologists we managed to corner in front of… Read More

This video focuses on the Boomslang, one of Southern Africa’s most well known species of snake. The Herp Files was created by Chad Keates and Luke Kemp. It was created with the intention of showing off the reptiles and frogs of Southern Africa. The videos include general information about each species with interesting facts thrown in between. It is our attempt to expose the beauty of South Africa’s enormous herpetological diversity while… Read More