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I know them as a "koringkriek" (Afrikaans) or a corn-crake.

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Morning,

Stoffel is correct in saying the Afrikaans name is " Koringkriek'. The English name/s are Armoured ground cricket / corn crickets.

Belongs to the family: Bradyporidae.

The will rather walk than jump. Their numbers increase greatly during autumn, when the corn crickets then become cannibalistic and devour each other. Some species are, from time to time, regarded as agricultural pests.

There are 14 species.

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Thank you Jannie and Stoffel.
I thought it was a koringkriek ....my pet hate..but this one looked a bit different.
Not sure why they have to chose my feet to run across. :shock:
BabyNel came to the rescue :clap: and removed it before it got stood on in the dark.
This was the only one we saw the entire trip..thank goodness!!!

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Kgalagadi Guru wrote:
Their numbers increase greatly during autumn, when the corn crickets then become cannibalistic and devour each other.


During our visit to Kruger in May 2006, the tar roads (especially in the north) were "swarmed" with corn crickets - a grey-blue coloured specie. I tried my best to miss them on the road, but it was an almost hopeless case. This was the first time I became aware of their cannibalistic nature when I noticed that the live ones were attracted to the roads by the ones already driven over.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this.........?
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I have no idea what this is..seen on the trunk of a tree at Houmoed.
Apologies..not a very good pic at all. :redface:

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Hi there
This looks like the cast of the Cisada. They live underground and when they reach "age" they climb up a tree. The skin then splits and the adult appears.
Your photo is of this left over skin

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That is so interesting....thank you Papa Smurf. :)

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@Caracal,

Papa Smurf is correct in saying that it is the 'skin' left behind.

Family: Cicadidae

Exotic species lay eggs in slits made in twigs, and the newly hatched nymphs dig into the ground using their very enlarged fore legs (Clearly seen on the picture). Here they feed on roots, and it takes many years (sometimes over a decade) before they emerge, climb up a tree, and mould into adults, leaving the dry nymphal skin attached to the tree bark.

About 140 species occur in the region. The only specie I have seen in KTP is Orange-wing, Platypleura haglundi

Sorry for the late reply, was just a bit hectic here tha last week or so.

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Any idea.........?

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Common Barking Gecko?

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a tiny cute Agama :clap:
Gecko don't have claws :hmz:

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Looking in my book I also would guess at Common Barking Gecko.
The breeding male has a yellow throat.

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@Wanderw and Elsa,

Well done

It is indeed a Common Barking Gecko (Ptenopus garrulus)

These are small, unusual burrowing geckos that lack scansors on the toes but have a fringe of scales to aid digging. They are the only local geckos with slightly movable upper eyelids.
Males call on summer nights at their burrow entrance, attrackting mates and proclaiming their territory.

Elsa,

Well done in spotting the yellow throat of the breeding male. :clap:

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This was taken at Nossob Camp.

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Breeding Male Chestnut Weaver ????
I have seen them in Namibia...a little out of it's area I should think.

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