Ongava Research Centre Blog...

2014 - Week 37
- (Added 14. Sep. 2014 - 11:00)



Mind you, his brother was about 20m away closely attending to a female... So perhaps not all that relaxed at all...


Image by Noel Carey from West Midland Safari Park. Thanks Noel and Andy!


2014 - Week 36
- (Added 7. Sep. 2014 - 11:00)

We are trying some new camera trap positions in the coming weeks, so hopefully we'll have some interesting images to show...


Here’s that collared male leopard again. How about that for a tummy! And a rather interested drinking partner...

2014 - Week 35
- (Added 31. Aug. 2014 - 11:00)


But very pleased shortly to be welcoming Noel Carey and Andy Plumb from West Midland Safari Park...

2014 - Week 34
- (Added 24. Aug. 2014 - 11:00)

Any guesses?

2014 - Week 33
- (Added 17. Aug. 2014 - 11:00)

There is a common view that all scorpions should be avoided since they are all venomous. While this is true – all scorpions immobilize their prey using venom from the stinger at the end of their tails – the potency of venom varies significantly across species. We caught several species of scorpion as part of our herp survey, and the following two images highlight a very useful way to quickly assess the potential toxicity of scorpion venom. The first image shows Opistophthalmus carinatus, a common scorpion is this area. Note the large pedipalps (pincers) and narrow tail. Now compare this scorpion with the second image, Parabuthus kraepelini. Parabuthus scorpions have much smaller pedipalps, but a thicker tail. Indeed, one might say that Parabuthus is a rather less aggressive looking scorpion. As is often the case in biology this is the one to look out for! A good rule of thumb is that scorpions that have small pincers and thick tails are especially venomous.

Images by Mark O'Shea and Ken Stratford

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