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What You Need to Know About the Stiletto Snake

Let's say that you see a small dark snake in your house or in your garden. What do you do? Leave it alone? Or pick it up? Unfortunately, many people choose the latter option, and they often soon regret it. The rainy season is here, and now is the time of year when a...

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DOGS AND SNAKES

As we head into summer, conflict between dogs and snakes is increasing, and we're set to see more incidents in the next few months. Here are some things you should know about when these two animals come into contact with each...

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Know your Green Snakes!

To some people, any green snake is a Green Mamba. Well, there are six species of Green Snakes in the Greater Durban Area, and only one of those is a mamba, and only two of the six are venomous. This post aims to help people...

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Cape ‘Biobash’ Part 3

The third and final blog post about my recent Cape trip... On our third and final full day in the Western Cape was spent in West Coast National Park. After two sensational days of 'frogging', we decided to spend this day searching...

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Cape ‘BioBash’ Part 2

After an extremely successful first day, my friends and I didn't really care what we during the remainder of our short stay in the Cape. We'd seen more than what we had hoped for! But we were staying with Cliff & Suretha...

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Cape ‘Biobash’ Part 1

I'd always wanted to explore the Western Cape and it's biodiversity, and so when my friends (Nick Schaller & Darren Van Eyssen) asked if I wanted to join them on such a trip, I couldn't resist. Joining them on the trip was the...

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The Chameleons of KZN

We in KwaZulu-Natal are lucky enough to have a good diversity of chameleons.  We have 9 species occurring here, but 8 of the 9 species (one is yet to be fully described though),  are endemic to...

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TRIP REPORT: Ndumo adventure!

  Last week, I was lucky enough to be a part of a research team who were headed for Ndumo Game Reserve, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.   One of the researchers, Cormac, was looking for terrapins, while Camille, another...

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Working with Black Mambas

Working with mambas can be somewhat difficult to describe, but I will try... The Black Mamba is the most notorious and feared snake in Africa. People think of it as this evil, aggressive, psychotic killer, which will either stare...

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The meaning and joys of ‘frogging’!

A lot of us, who are keen on frogs, often say to one another, "We're going frogging". Those who have never heard of the word give us the strangest of looks. "You're going what?!" In short, 'frogging' basically means to...

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