We will only be able to complete our frog and reptile survey of the greater Cederberg area within the scheduled time of three years if we can get some input from the general public. The greater Cederberg area is an ecotourism mecca, with thousands of ecotourists visiting the area each year. Many of them (and also of the local inhabitants) are keen hikers, as well as keen photographers. These are the people that can contribute to our survey.
How do you participate?
When visiting the Greater Cederberg area, keep your eyes (and ears) open for frogs and reptiles (tortoises, snakes, and lizards). Take photographs (digital or otherwise) of the animals you encounter and send your photographs to us together with the following information:
- the date when the photograph was taken;
- the exact locality where the animal was photographed (if you own a GPS, coordinates for the locality will be very helpful);
- any descriptive information on the animal or the habitat where it was found;
- your details.
Frogs are sometimes difficult to identify from photographs alone, because many species look very alike. However, every species has a unique call, which can be used to accurately identify the species. Recordings of frog calls will thus also be invaluable contributions.
Digital images can be e-mailed to us and normal photographs or recordings can be sent to our physical address. For our contact details see “Contact us”.
Very important : Only photographs (digital or otherwise) and recordings will be accepted. No animals should be captured or killed and send to us, as such material will not be accepted. It is illegal to collect wild animals in South Africa without the necessary permits.
- When photographing amphibians and reptiles, try to get as close to the animal as possible, by approaching it very slowly. Some lizards will allow you to get quite close. If you cannot get very close to the animal, do not be too worried about the quality of your photo, we will probably still be able to identify the animal you photographed, even if the image is very small.
- Some snakes are poisonous, so approach them with care and treat them with the necessary respect.
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