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Some of my local wildlife
« on: October 19, 2007, 10:12:15 am »
Our area is quite rocky and there are lots of lizards. Here's an Agama that was hunting in our garden (unlike some of the other species, he's not shy - I could get quite close to him with my point-n-shoot):




My wife took this picture on the dunes of Silver Sands beach. I like the composition, the way the tracks draw you into the picture:




Both with a Canon Powershot A610.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007, 05:26:18 pm »
Dammit Blaar

I sincerely hope you know just how bliksem lucky you are to be living in that beautifull world!!

great pics man.......
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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007, 03:54:11 pm »
I know, I know :)

I count my blessings every day. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8....
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007, 04:14:24 pm »
I know, I know :)

I count my blessings every day. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8....

its truely beyond me why IT okes can never count up to 10......

I mean really, how difficult can it be??
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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007, 10:54:11 am »
I know, I know :)

I count my blessings every day. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8....

its truely beyond me why IT okes can never count up to 10......

I mean really, how difficult can it be??

It's all about powers of 2: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32...
Nothing in between counts  ;D
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007, 10:32:14 am »
The first baby tortoises in our garden are starting to appear...

There is nothing you can do about the past and you can't predict the future...all you have is the now...live it to the fullest.

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007, 06:54:48 pm »
Here are some pics I took on the Magaliesberg at Silkaatsnek, the "poffie" was lying in the path we walked to a lookout point, about 15 people nearly stepped on it before someone spotted it.
The Black Eagle just flew by to give us a show.
The scorpion was on the Magalies too, we took a ultra violet light and shine it on the scorpion, we heard they glow in the dark, yes, it's true
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2007, 04:18:36 pm »
Here's something I found in Tradouws Pass a couple of days ago. Think it's a nagadder but not certain.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2007, 05:05:44 pm »
Ja, that's a night adder, I get them in the house all the time. Not too dangerous apparently, but they are vicious little bliksems, when you catch them to throw them outside they will bite anything within reach.

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2007, 06:04:14 pm »
I nearly stepped on one of those in the Transkei, once :o

You sure they're not highly poisonous...?
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2007, 06:15:40 pm »
Nah, only if you're a frog!
Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole anyway, I hate snakes.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2007, 06:23:37 pm »
That's ugly, I'm very afraid of snakes.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2007, 06:36:46 pm »
That V on the back of it's head is diagnostic (at least its isn't a puffy). Can you make sense of this? I would be flaccid on admission I'm sure...

Bites by the Night Adder (Causus Maculatus) and Burrowing Vipers (Genus Atractaspis) in Nigeria*
David A. Warrell, L. David Ormerod AND Neil McD. Davidson
Department of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria


Nineteen patients proven to have been bitten by the small African adders Causus maculatus, Atractaspis dahomeyensis and A. microlepidota were studied in the Nigerian savanna region. One of the patients bitten by C. maculatus was drowsy, hypotensive and flaccid on admission but recovered without treatment. Mild or moderate local swelling, local lymphadenitis and mild fever were the only other features in this group. None of the patients bitten by Atractaspis had signs of systemic envenoming apart from moderate fever. Local blistering appeared in two cases but did not progress to necrosis. No patient showed any disturbance of blood coagulation, or evidence of spontaneous hemorrhage or of cranial nerve lesions. The small literature on the effects of Causus and Atractaspis venoms in man and in laboratory animals is reviewed. It appears that bites by these species are very unlikely to cause serious ill effects. A few deaths from Atractaspis bites have been reported, but the danger from these species has been exaggerated.

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2007, 06:37:45 pm »
What's the short version?
He who angers you, controls you.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2007, 07:59:30 pm »
Only a couple of Nigerians croaked after being bitten, so "the danger from these species has been exaggerated.". O0
« Last Edit: October 30, 2007, 08:00:39 pm by Blikn√™rs »
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2007, 12:13:59 pm »
a Clever ouk once said: "if you're bitten by a snake, crawl to the nearest shady tree, it's kark dying in the sun!"
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2007, 12:55:47 pm »
We get lots of Puff-Adders and boomslangs around the house.  I hate snakes the nicest one are those in two or more segments.

Know of a girl that got bitten on the by a P-A on the Sacramento trail (PE) took her six months of therapy to learn to walk again.  Spoke to a doctor friend, he says the chances of dying after being bitten by a P-A is very slim and deaths are more related to allergies associated with the anti-venom.  The real danger is the rotting of the flesh and muscle - losing a finger, toe or even a limb.

Me - I don't take chances I kill them all.
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2007, 01:47:51 pm »
Hey, GS-holic.  This one is especially posted for you.  E n j o y
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2007, 03:09:40 pm »
Nee man ek gril tot in my p*&hol - vannand kry ek weer nagmerries >:(
 

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Re: Some of my local wildlife
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2007, 06:54:47 am »
Me - I don't take chances I kill them all.

Heres something to think about, more people are bitten by snakes while trying to kill them, leave them alone and they will leave you alone.