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Forum: Lists Saturday 22nd February 2020, 12:13
Replies: 80
Views: 4,028
Posted By Mike Richardson
There is a Vienna Hamsters Facebook group which...

There is a Vienna Hamsters Facebook group which are pretty helpful if you DM them for information. I contacted them last April and the hamsters were already out of hibernation. I would guess they are...
Forum: Mammals Saturday 22nd February 2020, 12:00
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By Mike Richardson
All these are Dorcas Gazelles, which can be...

All these are Dorcas Gazelles, which can be identified on location alone. Mountain Gazelles do not occur that far south, while the remaining Acacia Gazelle (formally a subspecies of Mountain Gazelle)...
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Monday 21st October 2019, 13:32
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By Mike Richardson
It's a Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), a snake I...

It's a Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), a snake I never tire of seeing when I visit SA.
Forum: Mammals Sunday 20th October 2019, 07:38
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By Mike Richardson
It's a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

It's a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
Forum: Mammals Sunday 10th March 2019, 11:47
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Mike Richardson
Looks good for House Mouse to me

Looks good for House Mouse to me
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Thursday 7th March 2019, 18:31
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Mike Richardson
For the lizard yes. The taxonomy is a little out...

For the lizard yes. The taxonomy is a little out of date, but it remains the only decent herp guide to the area.

I'm interested to find out how you did with the mammals. I'm heading to WS in a...
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians Thursday 7th March 2019, 12:27
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Mike Richardson
I think the frog is Saharan Green Frog...

I think the frog is Saharan Green Frog (Pelophylax saharicus). Not sure with the lizard as I don't have any books to hand.

EDIT: I'm pretty sure you're correct with the lizard ID now I've checked...
Forum: Mammals Monday 21st January 2019, 19:10
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Mike Richardson
I would say Common Duiker.

I would say Common Duiker.
Forum: Mammals Monday 14th January 2019, 18:40
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Mike Richardson
A decent field guide certainly helps. I would...

A decent field guide certainly helps. I would recommend 'Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa (including Angola, Zambia and Malawi)' by Chris and Mathilde Stuart. Just make sure you get...
Forum: Mammals Monday 14th January 2019, 18:25
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Mike Richardson
The head/body of Desert Pygmy Mouse is 6cm at...

The head/body of Desert Pygmy Mouse is 6cm at most. They have a tail shorter than body length, and a patch of white hair at the base of each ear. They also have a very round body shape.

In my...
Forum: Mammals Monday 14th January 2019, 17:42
Replies: 22
Views: 638
Posted By Mike Richardson
I am pretty sure that the animal in the first...

I am pretty sure that the animal in the first image is a Slender Mongoose. Even if I saw it in a rocky outcrop in the middle of the range of Black (Kaokoland) Mongoose, I would still be happy with...
Forum: Mammals Monday 14th January 2019, 12:01
Replies: 22
Views: 638
Posted By Mike Richardson
I would agree with Dwarf Mongoose for the second...

I would agree with Dwarf Mongoose for the second animal. I think the first is a Slender (albeit a dark phase).

Black Mongoose taxonomy is very confusing although the IUCN do now treat it as a...
Forum: Mammals Monday 14th January 2019, 11:46
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Mike Richardson
It's definitely a mouse (not a gerbil etc)....

It's definitely a mouse (not a gerbil etc). Without any books to hand I would say either Namaqua Rock Rat or Red Veld Rat (both should be in range) and are very similar.

I wouldn't rule out Desert...
Forum: Mammals Tuesday 31st July 2018, 12:32
Replies: 3
Views: 432
Posted By Mike Richardson
Yes, that's an American Mink

Yes, that's an American Mink
Forum: Mammals Wednesday 4th July 2018, 10:06
Replies: 7
Views: 3,620
Posted By Mike Richardson
IMO the updated (2015) version of Stuarts' Field...

IMO the updated (2015) version of Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa is the best book available at the moment. It's the only field guide I have needed on my last 2 trips to southern...
Forum: Mammals Sunday 8th April 2018, 20:44
Replies: 12
Views: 1,650
Posted By Mike Richardson
For what it's worth I agree with Field Vole for...

For what it's worth I agree with Field Vole for the same reasons as John
Forum: Mammals Saturday 17th March 2018, 09:57
Replies: 164
Views: 35,736
Posted By Mike Richardson
In the last 3 years I've added Jungle Cat...

In the last 3 years I've added Jungle Cat (Israel) and Rusty-spotted Cat and Fishing Cat in Sri Lanka.
Forum: Mammals Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:42
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By Mike Richardson
Classic Fallow Deer

Classic Fallow Deer
Forum: Mammals Sunday 17th December 2017, 19:12
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By Mike Richardson
The animal in this (excellent) photo is a Barbary...

The animal in this (excellent) photo is a Barbary Ground Squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulus), a much more widespread species.

To answer the OP's question, I have only seen Striped Ground Squirrels in...
Forum: Mammals Monday 16th October 2017, 11:24
Replies: 2
Views: 1,229
Posted By Mike Richardson
I think it looks more like a Black Rat (Rattus...

I think it looks more like a Black Rat (Rattus rattus) with that slender body, large ears and long tail. I would be interested to see what others think.
Forum: Mammals Saturday 7th October 2017, 20:29
Replies: 4
Views: 1,238
Posted By Mike Richardson
I'm pretty sure 4. is an Eastern Cottontail...

I'm pretty sure 4. is an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus). New England Cottontail would be the other option but your bunny has larger ears, without a black edge. It does not seem to have a...
Forum: Mammals Saturday 7th October 2017, 20:07
Replies: 4
Views: 1,238
Posted By Mike Richardson
Hi Paul 1,2. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus...

Hi Paul

1,2. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
3. American Mink (Mustela vison)
4. Cottontail sp. Need to do more research on this.
5,6. Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
7. Eastern...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 30th September 2017, 21:54
Replies: 28
Views: 5,395
Posted By Mike Richardson
Fantastic report Nick. The hare you saw would...

Fantastic report Nick. The hare you saw would have been Cape Hare (not Brown).
Forum: Mammals Wednesday 20th September 2017, 17:03
Replies: 12
Views: 3,137
Posted By Mike Richardson
Agree with House Mouse. In my experience, Wood...

Agree with House Mouse. In my experience, Wood Mice are most often seen at bird feeders, even in semi urban areas.
Forum: Mammals Tuesday 29th August 2017, 17:09
Replies: 16
Views: 4,442
Posted By Mike Richardson
In my experience Honey Badgers are almost...

In my experience Honey Badgers are almost impossible to see in the wild outside of Southern Africa (where they can be relatively easy to see). They occur at very low densities in many parts of their...
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