31 August 2013 – a new reptile for us
We had met up with Cliff and Suretha Dorse this morning to look for Sand Rain Frogs for a research study that we had been asked to assist with, but were unsuccessful in finding any. There had not really been enough rain over the last few days to get the animals active and calling, so we resorted to looking for a few reptiles in the area.
This was also not hugely successful although we did find a few Silvery Dwarf Burrowing Skinks, a couple of Cape Skinks, a Spotted Skaapsteker and a lovely young Cape Cobra. After lunch at a local restaurant, we headed off only to get a phone call from Cliff a little while later to let us know that they had found a Flowerpot Snake, a species we had never seen before! It’s not the most exciting looking reptile in the world and is also introduced to South Africa rather than being indigenous, but it was a chance to add a new species to our reptile list, so we screamed through anyway…:)
We spent a bit of time photographing the animal, but it has got to be one of the more difficult reptiles to actually get a decent photo of. It just doesn’t look like much more than an earthworm, so is not very photogenic at all. Nevertheless, a new species for us and another one for our challenge list, so it was still all smiles at the end of it…:)