John and Nadine’s little daughter Kiera, who lives with them at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, is endlessly entranced by all moving creatures, and has a favourite Sand Snake that she sees regularly when she potters around with the Chilo gardeners…….
The Stripe-bellied Sand Snake, also called Sand Racer, Psammophis subtaeniatus has an off-putting scientific name, but is a very beautiful creature, non-venomous and a fast-moving hunter of frogs and small rodents. It’s scales are praline-brown, backed by softest cobalt….
Our charming Foam Nest Frog, Chiromantis xerampolina, is a common resident of the rooms at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, often surprising guests by chirping sweetly from behind picture frames when rain is coming, or masquerading as a white bar of soap on porcelain basins…….(the frog is photo-chromatic- it changes colour from speckled grey to white in bright sunlight or on a white background!)
Here are a sequence of photographs that I took at our Tsavene Bush House in the Save Valley Conservancy where we also have an abundance of Foam nest frogs…..and the occasional Sand Snake!
Life is all about eating, or being eaten.
All photographs and text are the copyright of Lin Barrie.