Green Snakes of the Eastern Cape

This list includes all the green snakes that can be found in the Eastern Cape. Barring the boomslang (Dispholidus typus), all the individuals listed come from the genus Philothamnus and they are all closely related. Although the many-spotted snake (Amplorhinus multimaculatus) can be found in the Eastern Cape, it has not been included on this list …

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The Plant and the Insects

The text in this submission was adapted from my project manuscript which was submitted as part of my Zoology Honours course. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) (Mart.) Solms-Laub, is an invasive South American water weed that was originally imported into South Africa more than 100 years ago because of its beauty as an ornamental plant in …

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Why can snakes and lizards produce live young when birds cannot?

In the animal kingdom, the ability to reproduce is one of the most critical abilities in an animal’s arsenal because it ensures the survival of the species. There are however three different types of reproduction namely viviparous, ovoviviparous and oviparous reproduction. Viviparity is the ability to produce live young, oviparity is the ability to produce …

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