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Umhlanga, Kwazulu Natal Midlands, Kwazulu Natal Advertisements

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

Today I accompanied Gareth to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. He was looking for friends, because as I am sure you know, zoologists have few in the way of friends. Zoologists tend to keep to themselves, and when they do interact, they end up talking incoherently about the misconceptions of elephant-ecosystem interactions. Gareth is a prime example. But enough about that! Let’s rather talk about his project. Today he was setting up camera traps at Kwandwe Private Game… Read More

 

 

Augrabies, Northern Cape Aggeneys, Northern Cape Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Ndumo, Northern Kwazulu Natal Graaff Reinet, Eastern Cape

 

In an attempt to revive a bygone era of mystery and exploration, Luke and I ventured into the unknown in search of the elusive yet locally abundant berg adder Bitis atropos in Barberton (Mpumulanga). Barberton, a hop, a skip and a jump away from civilisation, is one of a few locations famous for berg adders. The trip began on the 13th of July 2016 and was marked by many a sighting. Whilst… Read More

Common Brown Water Snake Family: Colubridae. Scientific name: Lycodonomorphus rufulus (Lichtenstein, 1823). Other name: Common water snake, brown water snake. Size: 45-60cm, but can grow as long as 85cm. Diet: mainly frogs, tadpoles and small fish but may eat nestlings and small rodents. Description: The snake is relatively small with smooth scales and elliptical pupils. It is dark brown to olive or light brown on top and its belly is pale to yellow-pink…. Read More

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