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Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by Arietans, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

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    These are pics of my old work place.

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    This boy was a resident in my "back yard"

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    My "backyard"

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  2. Crono

    Crono Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Amazing
    S.A. is on my list of places to visit in my lifetime.
     
  3. I wish that was my backyard...
     
  4. Sheri

    Sheri Arachnoking

    Thanks for sharing - what an incredible area to live in. Would love to see it one day. :)
     
  5. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

    Every person gets a handful of things he/she will treasure for the rest of their lives. That's one of mine.
     
  6. What

    What Arachnoprince

    Arietans, i hate you. i would gladly sell my soul to live there...:wall:
     
  7. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

    I have many great memories from there. From tragic to really awesome.

    I miss Leopard rocks the most though.

    The hardest animal to find in the bush are Leopards. In 15 years I've only seen four, and photographed one. The biggest male I've ever seen I saw at Leopard rocks. I used a kill to lure him out.

    Thanks for your comments. It makes a beautiful place even more beautiful.

    Leopard rocks

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    Where I saw the male

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  8. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

    I was sleeping in the bush and watched this tree get struck by lightning.
    (Sorry about the black and white)

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  9. David_F

    David_F Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Great pics! Looks like a wonderful place to live.

    Find anything under those rocks on the left in the first pic? :D
     
  10. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

    Yes.

    I found one of the biggest Mozambique Spitting Cobras Naja mossambica I've ever seen. It gave me my second experience of venom in the eyes.
    Giant plated lizard. Gerrhosaurus validus

    Oogpisters (eye shooter) Anthia maxillosa. Its a nasty predatory bug that has the ability to spit/squirt formic acid. It also has a very painful bite. I still want to see the invert that can kill one. When I was a boy we used to have invert fights. You would pick/ catch a bug and square it off against a mate's. The winner usually won marbles or a spinning top. These bugs were illegal according to the rules unless each contestant had one. I've seen them kill scorpions,solifugids and even lizards.

    Various wolf spiders.
    Many scorpions.
    Velvet ants also enjoy those rocks

    Nightjar nests are also fairly common there. For info, a nightjar is a groundbird with absolutely incredible camouflage.

    Of the larger animals that go there:

    I saw Klipspringers (rock jumper) Oreotragus oreotragus. A very small, agile antelope. Its hooves look like a ballerina standing on her toes.
    Duikers (diver) Sylvicapra grimmia . Their name given to them because of their habit to dive into the bushes at great speed when they sense danger.
    Large leopard male Panthera pardus, Tsotsi was his name.
     
  11. David_F

    David_F Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I gotta move to Africa. :)

    With the exception of venom in the eyes it sounds like a great time.
     
  12. Arietans

    Arietans Arachnoknight

    Venom in the eyes is exaggerated. Its more irritating than painful. If you wash it out quickly though :)
     
  13. sammyp

    sammyp Arachnosquire

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    Stop it you! You're making me homesick... :D
     
  14. Sheri

    Sheri Arachnoking

    Nice... damn, I want to go now. And not too terribly far away from some incredible white sharks either.