Stripe-bellied Sand Snake makes a meal of an unfortunate Foam Nest Frog

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….
the back of a Stripe-bellied Sand Snake

the back of a Stripe-bellied Sand Snake

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!)

Foam Nest Frog-white phase

Foam Nest Frog-white phase

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.

sand snake and chiromantis 1

sand snake and chiromantis 1

sand snake and chiromantis 2

sand snake and chiromantis 2

sand snake and chiromantis 3

sand snake and chiromantis 3

sand snake and chiromantis 4

sand snake and chiromantis 4

All photographs and text are the copyright of Lin Barrie.

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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