Herpetofauna Talk at the Zoology Department

On friday the 17th of November, myself and Luke Kemp hosted a 'Herpetofauna of Grahamstown talk in the Rhodes Zoology and Entomology tea room for members of the department. The talk discussed all the reptiles and frogs that can be found in Grahamstown and gave tips on how to distinguish morphologically-similar species. The talk also …

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Top Ten Most Common Snakes Around Grahamstown.

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, …

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July

Amatola Flat Gecko (Afroedura amatolica) Family: Gekkonidae. Size: 10-12cm. Distribution: They are endemic to the Amatola mountain range of Eastern Cape. Description: Small flat gecko with large eyes and a fat segmented tail. Adults are uniform white/grey with black/brown mottling all over the body. Habits: A rock-dwelling (rupiculous) species that can be found in rock cracks, often in …

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Science is a Collaborative Endevour

Today I received my samples back from their holiday in Amsterdam, and I am happy to announce that all but one sample worked. The samples from today coupled with the samples I received last month amount to 75 successfully sequenced samples to date. These samples, which comprise four genes, make up a large proportion of …

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On the The Other End of the Story

Recently I was contacted by a Rhodes journalism student who was in the process of completing an article about snakes for the Grocotts Mail. Although strange to admit, given my current path as a MSc zoology student focusing on snake genetics, I was once in her shoes, completing my hours at the Midrand Reporter in pursuit of my second …

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