Description: Some specimens of this snake have unmistakable red or orange lips, but often this feature is absent and the lips are cream or white. However, this snake always has black temples and fine white speckles on the brown to grey body. When alarmed, herald snakes will coil into striking position and flatten the head which makes the black temple regions obvious and resulting in the head looking much bigger.
Biology This snake prefers to eat frogs, but will take lizards and in adulthood, small rodents.
Description: This lizard was at the view point at the top of the Blyde River Canyon, very cute and not very scared of us at all, he just lazed in the sun on the rocks. He has very long toes and toenails and could run extremely fast. Can you please identify it correctly for me.
Description: Length estimated 150mm.
Spotted at night, in a forest footpath where it was being attacked by a small snake about 250mm, possibly a Variegated Wolf Snake. Unfortunately, by the time I got back to the spot with camera in hand, the snake had departed the scene. The skink appeared none the worse for wear.
Description: My old neighbour found this little snake in the pool. When he put it back on a bit of damp soil, it dug itself into the ground very quickly.
Before it escaped, he could see the eyespots as well as the flickering tongue. It also swam like a snake, but resembles an earthworm.
Any idea of the exact species?
Description: I happened to glance out of the window, and spotted a cat in snake-stance (pic 2). And, sure enough, there was Sushi in the bossies. Stand off.
Then, suddenly, Sushi stared straight at me, puffed up most impressively (pic 1) and came straight towards me! (pic 3) I totally misread the situation for a beat or two, then realised he was heading for the tree.
At this time of year, boomslangs don't even bother trying to hunt in trees, they stay on the ground looking for mice and frogs.
Description: Chevron (Chevy for short) is a new kid on the block. Very similar to Traveller Jack, but has very slightly yellower belly with arrow marks on a couple of belly scales (which I neglected to photograph this time round).
So I now have five males, and not a trace of a lady... I have found that males always outnumber females (usually by about 5:1).
Description: At first I thought this was Traveller Jack making his fortnightly foray into the rafters, but the agility, size, attitude and spectacularly long tail made me realise this is a new boy in town. He had no problem negotiating the rafters (Jack is a bit challenged in this department).
So, meet Mr Tailer Abstrong!