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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

Namaqua Dwarf Adder (Bitis schneideri) Family: Viperidae. Size: 18-24cm. Distribution: They are distributed along the western coast of southern Africa, from the mouth of the Olifants river to Luderitz Bay in south-west Namibia. The species is endemic to Southern Africa. Description: Small stocky adder with a distinct head and a pale to dark-brown colouration. Habits: Inhabits semi-vegetated sand dunes close to the coast where it ambushes unsuspecting prey from low-lying bushes. It is alos known… Read More

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Cape Cobra (Naja Nivea) Family: Elapidae. Size: 1.2- 2.4m. Distribution: They are distributed throughout much of the western parts of Southern Africa with higher densities along the southern coast. They are found in all provinces except for Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu Natal. Although present in both Namibia and Botswana, they are absent from the northern parts of both countries. Description: Medium-sized, slender-bodied, broad-headed cobra with medium-sized eyes and rounded pupils. Colour is extremely variable… Read More

The Herp Files was created by myself 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 having just a ‘bit’ of fun. This video focuses on the puff adder (Bitis arietans), one of… Read More

Recently Luke kemp and I made a trip to the Western Cape in search of some of South Africa’s most interesting reptiles and frogs. This video is part 2 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 video covers three different species of dwarf chameleon, the Swartberg mountain range and our car trouble in… Read More