Next Gen Herpetologist


Dusky-bellied Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus laevissimus) Family: Lamprophiidae. Length: 70-120cm. Description: This snake has an olive to brown-black body with a cream underbelly. The upper lip is usually spotted and the snake has small eyes with round pupils. Distribution: Endemic to South Africa. It occurs in the Eastern cape where its range extends up through Kwazulu Natal and into Mpumulanaga and Swaziland. Habitat: Closely associated with water sources such as dams, streams and rivers where it is often… Read More

Red-lipped herald (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) Family: Colubridae. Length: 60-75cm. Description: The snakes has an olive body with white flecks. The snake is most easily recognized by its red lip which is absent from some individuals. It has large eyes and vertical pupils. Distribution:  The species is present in every province except the Northern cape where it is only found along the outskirts of the province. Habitat:Found in damp areas where it can be found… Read More

Cape Girdled Lizard (Cordylus cordylus)  Family: Cordylidae Size: 13-19cm Life span: Up to 15 years in captivity Diet: Most insects, snails, millipedes and occasionally small amounts of vegetation Description: Mottled brown, often with pale dorsal stripe, they also have a spiny tail, are strongly keeled and have a yellow to dull red-brown belly Number of young: 1-3 per year Conservation status: Least concern Enemies: Many small carnivores, including: Snakes and  birds of prey (especially… Read More

So now that winter is coming to an end, snakes and other reptiles are starting to become far more abundant. One species that has become particularly abundant in the last few weeks, is the puff adder (Bitis arietans). To give context, in the last week, I have come across three puff adders. Two of them were average-sized adult males and the the third was a very large, very pregnant, female puff adder, which… Read More

Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Kimberley, Northern Cape Witsands, Northern Cape