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Text adapted from trip report completed by Luke Kemp and I last month . Purpose of trip Recently Luke kemp and I joined a data collecting trip in the Transkei forested region as part of an ongoing study, spearheaded by Stellenbosch University. There were many teams studying many facets of forest ecology but we, Werner Conradie (Head Herpetologist at Bayworld Museum) and Theo Busschau (MSc student at Stellenbosch University) were tasked with collecting herpetological… 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 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 the… 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

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.

Rock Monitor (Varanus albigularis) Family: Varanidae. Length: 100-150cm. Description: The rock monitor is smaller than the nile monitor. It has strong, stocky limbs and an large swollen snout. The tail is longer than the body and the body is dark brown/grey with dark blotches spread across the back. the juveniles are more vividly coloured than adults with a less pronounced snout. Distribution: It is found throughout the savannah and semi-arid regions of the southern and eastern parts of Southern Africa. It is… Read More

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.

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) Family: Varanidae. Length: 120-220cm. Description: The lizard is black and yellow with an elongated head and a flat tail to aid in swimming. Juveniles are usually more vividly coloured than adults. Distribution: The species is present in the eastern part of Southern Africa but it is also present along the Orange river all the way to the Atlantic ocean. The species reaches is southern-most  limit at Seekoei river, Eastern… Read More

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) Family: Varanidae. Length: 120-220cm. Description: The lizard is black and yellow with an elongated head and a flat tail to aid in swimming. Juveniles are usually more vividly coloured than adults. Distribution: The species is present in the eastern part of Southern Africa but it is also present along the Orange river all the way to the Atlantic ocean. The species reaches is southern-most  limit at Seekoei river, Eastern… Read More

Recently I visited Durban, and more specifically Westville to see my cousins after a long year of work. While I was excited to see my cousins, and catch up, I was also excited to see some new ‘herps’ in Kwazulu Natal, one of the provinces with the highest diversity of reptiles and amphibians in South Africa. What I didn’t expect was just how much I would see. Westville Whilst there I spent… Read More

Umhlanga, Kwazulu Natal Midlands, Kwazulu Natal