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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is another of my favourite places to visit. It has good birding and a variety of other animals – including various herps. The garden has various sections including a nice wetland that is always full of frogs, mostly Cape River Frogs (Afrana fuscigula) which come in a variety of colours.

Reptiles are often found. The Garden has resident Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) and Angulate Tortoise (Chersina angulata); and various snakes and lizards may also be seen – including this Short-legged Seps (Tetradactylus seps).

As stated above, it has a good variety of birds – includinbg the very common Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa):

Occasionally you may be lucky enough to see a troop of Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus) which descend from the rocky hillsides to feed in the gardens:

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A few weeks ago I was at work at night & came across a toad by the back steps. I’m pretty sure it’s a Raucous Toad Bufo rangeri. It’s the first toad I’ve seen in South Africa–though I admit that I haven’t actively been looking. You can download its call here (2.8Mb).

Raucous Toad Bufo rangeri

As an Australian, the only toads I’m familiar with are Cane Toads Bufo marinus–the destructive feral pest of the warmer parts of Australia. In fact I used to participate in toad collections at nature reserves etc. in an attempt to keep them under control.

While on the topic of amphibians, last year I found the book bargain of a lifetime– a copy of the first (1979) edition of South African Frogs by Neville Passmore and Vincent Carruthers for R5! It even comes with the original vinyl record! (not that I have anything to play it on…)

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