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Popular articles

Douglas, R. M. 2010. An amazing symbiotic relationship between the Sugar-pot plant and rodent pollinators. Culna 65: 12-13.

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 7. Misconceptions about some Free State snakes. Krant (Newspaper, 2 June).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 6: The more common snakes of bloemfontein (Part 2). Krant  (Newspaper, 26 May).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 5: The more common snakes of Bloemfontein (Part 1). Krant (Newspaper, 19 May).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 4: A guide to the treatment of nake bites (Part 2). Krant (Newspaper, 5 May).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 3: A guide to the treatment of snake bite (Part 1). Krant (Newspaper, 28 April).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 2: Highly venomous snakes of the Free state (Part 2). Krant (Newspaper, 14 April).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Part 1: Highly venomous sakes of the Free State. (Part 1) Krant (Newspaper, 7 April).

Douglas, R.M. 2010. Reptile and amphibian research at the National Museum. Krant (Newspaper, 24 February).

Douglas, R.M. 2009. The Scuttle Fly, a miniature garbade disposal unit. Culna 64: 23-24.

Bates, M.F. 2009. The egg-eating snakes of Africa. Culna 64: 2-4.

Bates, M.F. & Maguire, D. 2009. Geographical Distribution: Zygaspis vandami arenicola. African Herp News 47: 43-44.

Bates, M.F., Anderson, W.M. & Bourquin, S. 2009. Amblyodipsas polylepis polylepis: Diet. African Herp News 47: 41-42.

Bates, M.F. 2008. Book review: A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa, by G. Alexander & J. Marais. African Journal of Herpetology 57(1): 59-61.

Bates, M.F. 2008. Book review: What’s that Snake? A starters guide to snakes of southern Africa, by J. Marais. African Journal of Herpetology 57(1): 57-58.

Bates, M.F. 2008. Lang’s crag lizard in the Free State. Culna 63: 31-32.

Bates, M.F. 2007. Book review: Chameleons of South Africa, by K. Tolley & M. Burger. African Journal of Herpetology 56(2): 185-189.

Bates, M.F. 2007. Cape Cobras and Mole Snakes: Heavyweight snakes of the Free State! Culna 62: 12-13.

Bates, M.F. 2006. Lesotho: Home to 23 Species of Frogs (Some with Enchanting Names). ToGoTo. 15: 54-55.

Douglas, R.M. 2006. Terrestrial rearing of African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) chicks in the Kruger National Park. GABAR 17(1): 17.

Bates, M.F. 2005. Dwarf geckos have invaded Bloemfontein! Culna 60: 6-7.

Bates, M.F. 2005. Thar be Dragons. Nouveau 12: 56-58.

Bates, M.F. 2004. New Frog Records for the Free State. Culna 59: 8-10.

Bates, M.F. 2004. Geographical Distribution: Chiromantis xerampelina. African Herp News 37: 28-29.

Douglas, R.M. 2004. Good snakes, dragons and other cold-blooded creatures of the Bible. Culna 58: 5-6.

Douglas, R.M. 2003. Snoozing means different things to different organisms. Culna 57: 20-22.

Bates, M.F. 2002. The Transvaal Girdled Lizard: a taxonomic enigma in the Free State. Culna 57: 31-33.

Bates, M.F. & Irish, E. 2002. Life History Note: Bufo vertebralis: Diet. African Herp News 35: 17-18.

Douglas, R.M. 2002. Groundwater quality: The quality of the Florisbad spring-water in relation to the quality of the groundwater and the effects of rainfall. Borehole Water Journal 49: 2

Bates, M.F. 2001. Crag Lizards: How many species? Culna 56: 22-23.

Douglas, R.M. 2001. If you are going to get bitten by a snake – Get it right. Culna 56: 18-19.

Douglas, R.M. 2000. Is any egg safe from a snake? Culna 55: 13-14.

Douglas, R.M. 2000. Fiskal Shrike Lanius collaris goes fishing. Mirafra 17: 43.

Yeadon, R.B. & Bates, M.F. 2000. Geographical Distribution: Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus. African Herp News 31: 16-17.

Douglas, R.M. 1999. Snake and lizard beliefs and superstitions: Fact or fiction? Culna 54: 22-23.

Van Wyk, J.C.P. & Bates, M.F. 1999. Geographical Distribution: Homopus boulengeri. African Herp News 29: 42-43.

Bates, M.F. 1998. The slug- and snail-eating snakes of Africa. Culna 53: 25-26.

Douglas, R.M. 1988. Cobras and cows-milk, fact or fiction? Express (Newspaper ) page 12

Wilson, B.A., Hendricks, M.G.J., Heideman, N.J.L., Bates, M.F., Don, N. & Moses, C. 1998. Geographical Distribution: Acontias meleagris meleagris. African Herp News 27: 20-21.

Kopij, G. & Bates, M.F. 1997. Reptiles and Amphibians of Bloemfontein. Die Kovshaan 17: 17-23.

Bates, M.F. 1997. In search of the elusive flat geckos of the eastern Free State. Culna 51: 13-15.

Bates, M.F. & Heideman, N.J.L. 1997. Report on a collection of lizards from Owambo district, northern Namibia. African Herp News 26: 16-21.

Douglas, R.M. 1997. The reptile and frog invaders (Part I). Culna 51: 25-27.

Douglas, R.M. 1997. A museum or a heritage collection – there is still room for improvement. Talk of the Town 1: 31 24

Douglas, R.M. 1997. Colloquialisms should prevail for common names – A reply to `Tortoise? Turtle? or maybe Terrapin? The Tortoise Society of Natal Newsletter. May 3-4.

Douglas, R.M. 1997. More to yolk and albumen than meets the eye. The Tortoise Society of Natal Newsletter. July 12-15.

Douglas, R.M. 1997. Over-wintering of indigenous tortoises. The Tortoise Society of Natal Newsletter. July 10-12.

Douglas, R.M. 1997. The reptile and frog invaders (Part II). Culna 52: 25-28.

Heideman, N.J.L. 1997. Agama etoshae: Summer diurnal activity. African Herp News 26:26-27.

Bates, M.F. 1996. Swee waxbill in the Free State and Lesotho. Mirafra 13(1): 7-9.

Douglas, R.M. 1996. Incubating reptile eggs. Free State Herpetological Association Newsletter 5: 4-5.

Douglas, R.M. 1996. Is the Toadstone really a myth. Culna 50: 37-38.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Mabuya sulcata sulcata: Reproduction. African Herp News 24: 23-25.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Atlas of frog distribution in the Free State. African Herp News 23: 15-31.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Poisonous snakes of the Free State. Culna 49: 12-14.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Geographical Distribution: Typhlops schinzii. African Herp News 22: 53.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Chamaesaura aenea: Size and Reproduction. African Herp News 22: 46-47.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Agama aculeata aculeata: Size and Reproduction. African Herp News 22: 43-44.

Bates, M.F. 1995. Report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from the northern Cape and Namibia. African Herp News 22: 31-40.

Bates, M.F. & Douglas, R.M. 1995. Life History Note: Chamaeleo dilepis dilepis: Reproduction and cannibalism. African Herp News 22: 45.

Bates, M.F. & Flemming, A.F. 1995. Geographical Distribution: Mabuya sulcata sulcata. African Herp News 23: 47.

Bates, M.F. & Flemming, A.F. 1995. New lizard distribution records for the Northern Cape province of South Africa. African Herp News 23: 40-41.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. Bone crushers of the snake world – the constrictors. Culna 48: 38-39.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. Utilization of an urban fish pond by the Olive thrush Tardus olivaceus. Mirafra 12(1&2): 7-8.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. Life History Note: Pyxicephalus asdspersus: Highveld bullfrog: Juvenile growth. African Herp News 24: 20-23.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. Life History Note: Pyxicephalus asdspersus: Highveld bullfrog: Diet, cannibalism, behaviour and size. African Herp News 22: 41-43.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. Give a snake a bad name. Culna 49: 36-37.

Douglas, R.M. 1995. A Cape Wagtail Motacillia capensis feeding in association with a swimming pool cleaner. Mirafra 12(3&4): 8-9.

Bates, M.F. 1994. The Transvaal grass lizard in the Orange Free State. Culna 37: 32-33.

Bates, M.F. 1994. The Cape wolf snake: a specialised lizard-eater. Culna 46: 36-38.

Bates, M.F. & De Swardt, D.H. 1994. Mabuya variegata punctulata, Mabuya striata sparsa and Meroles suborbitalis: Avian predation. African Herp News 21: 18-19.

Douglas, R.M. 1994. New Southern African Museums Association Regional Branch for the Orange Free State and Northern Cape. Tourism News O.F.S. (SATOUR) 7: 49-50.

Douglas, R.M. 1994. Which are the most poisonous snakes in South Africa and the world. Culna 46: 30-32.

Douglas, R.M. 1994. Constitution of the Free State Herpetological Association. (New Constitution written, revised and amended 1995) 1-6.

Douglas, R.M. & Douglas, K.G. 1994. How to stay upside down in an upright world. Culna 47: 12-13.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Identification key to the frogs of the Orange Free State. African Herp News 20: 33-36.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Storage of preserved amphibians and reptiles at the National Museum, Bloemfontein. African Herp News 19: 37-42.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Amphisbaenians - what are they? Culna 45: 7-10.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Geographical Distribution: Tetradactylus tetradactylus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 41.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Geographical Distribution: Acontias lineatus lineatus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 41.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Geographical Distribution: Pachydactylus mariequensis latirostris. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 41.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Tetradactylus tetradactylus: Size. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 38.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Tetradactylus breyeri: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 37-38.

Bates, M.F. 1993. Extremely rare lizards found at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve. Culna 44: 34-36.

Bates, M.F. & Douglas, R.M. 1993. Life History Note: Lamprophis aurora: Diet. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa. 42: 38-39.

Bates, M.F. & Haagner, G.V. 1993. Mabuya varia: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 36-37.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. A glossary of terms associated with colour variations in snakes. African Herp News 19: 26-33.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. Life History Note: Lygodactylus capensis capensis: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 34-35.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. Life History Note: Platysaurus intermedius wilhelmi: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 35.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. Life History Note: Agama atra: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 42: 35-36.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. The lighter side of identifying snakes. Culna 45: 20-21.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. Comment on Stun-Gun for snake bite. African Herp News 19: 45-46.

Douglas, R.M. 1993. Constitution of the Central Branch of the South African Museums Association. (Old Constitution rewritten) 1-6.

Bates, M.F. 1992. The grid and locus code method for plotting locality records. African Herp News 18: 21-23.

Bates, M.F. 1992. Bibron's Gecko: The super-predator with a big bite. Culna 42: 6-7.

Bates, M.F. 1992. Elapsoidea sundevallii media: Diet. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 41: 45.

Bates, M.F. 1992. Geographical Distribution: Cacosternum boettgeri. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 41: 36.

Bates, M.F. 1992. Herpetofauna of the Orange Free State: An interim update on distribution. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 40: 42-45.

Bates, M.F. & Douglas, R.M. 1992. Herpetofauna of an open grassland near Aliwal North, northeastern Cape Province. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 41: 28-29.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Bibliographical index to the Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa No. 1 (1965) to No. 39 (1991). African Herp News 17: 1-46.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Some interesting ideas on snake bite management in India. African Herp News 16: 43-44.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Exceptional Contribution to African Herpetology Award: Prof. J. C. Poynton. African Herp News 16: 10-12.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Homing instinct in the Fiscal shrike Lanius collaris. Mirafra 9(2): 31.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Life History Note: Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 41: 41-42.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. Life History Note: Gerrhosaurus flavigularis: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 41: 42.

Douglas, R.M. 1992. The illusive Dwarf chameleons of Golden Gate. Culna 44: 14-16.

Bates, M.F. 1991. Recent and current herpetofaunal surveys in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. African Herp News 16: 45-47.

Bates, M.F. 1991. The giant frog of the Lesotho mountains. Culna 41: 23-24.

Bates, M.F. 1991. Ophidiophobia. African Herp News 15: 44-45.

Bates, M.F. 1991. New distribution records for amphibians and reptiles from the Cape Province, South Africa. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 39: 14-18.

Bates, M.F. 1991. Reproductive data on the Cape thick-toed gecko, Pachydactylus capensis capensis (A. Smith, 1845). Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 39: 6-7.

Bates, M.F. & De Swardt, D.H. 1991. Mabuya capensis: Avian predation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 39: 23.

Bates, M.F. & Douglas, R.M. 1991. First record of the Natal ghost frog in the Orange Free State. Culna 40: 14-15.

Bates, M.F. & Flemming, A.F. 1991. Redbilled oxpeckers in the Orange Free State. Mirafra 8(2): 46-47.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Do Sungazers gaze at the sun? Zooey – Friends of the Bloemfontein Zoo – Newsletter. 1(2): 4.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Squatter sparrows resettled. Mirafra 8(1): 3.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Genetic perspectives in the captive breeding of foreign snakes. Tharu 5(1): 19-21.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Quest for the chameleon. Mirafra 8(1): 6-8.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Amendments to the Constitution of the Herpetological Association of Africa. African Herp News 15:7-13.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Further proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Herpetological Association of Africa. African Herp News 15: 13-14.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Comment on the article – Local leguans latest fad on coke circuit. African Herp News 15: 57-59.

Douglas, R.M. 1991. Mopane worms in Bloemfontein. Culna 41: 20.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Bifid, trifid and branched tails in lizards. African Herp News 14: 19-22.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Record-breaking reptiles. African Herp News 13: 27-29.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Where do egg-eaters find food in open grassland areas. African Herp News 13: 21-23.

Bates, M.F. 1990. An unusual lizard exhibit. Culna 39: 31-32.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Geographical distribution: Phrynomerus bifasciatus bifasciatus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 37: 57.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Varanus albigularis: Hibernation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 37: 50.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Worm snakes found in cow dung. Mirafra 7(3): 68-69.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Scavenging behaviour by the slender mongoose. Mirafra 7(2): 50.

Bates, M.F. 1990. The snake-eating snake. Culna 38: 30.

Bates, M.F. 1990. Pythons and cane rats. Herpetological Association of Africa Newsletter 12: 5.

Bates, M.F. 1990. The giant of the frog world. Herpetological Association of Africa Newsletter 12: 3.

Bates, M.F. & De Swardt, D. 1990. Cacosternum boettgeri and Xenopus laevis laevis: Avian predation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 37: 46.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Obituary: Dr. Reginald Frederick Lawrence 1897-1987. Herpetological Association of Africa Newsletter 12: 7-8.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. The birth of a Dwarf chameleon. Culna 38: 18-19.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. A new constitution for the Herpetological Association of Africa. African Herp News 13: 5-14.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Chameleons in the Orange Free State? Mirafra. 7(4): 100-102.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Boomslang predation on the southern black tit. Hornbill 23: 31-32.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Life History Note: Cacosternum boettgeri: Dainty frog: Feeding, predation and termites. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 37: 45.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Dwergverkleurmannetjies in Bloemfontein gebore. Toktokkie (Afrikaans edition) 11(6): 8.

Douglas, R.M. 1990. Dwarf chameleons born in Bloemfontein. Toktokkie (English edition) 11 (6): 8.

Bates, M.F. 1989. Tail loss frequency and its significance in the Cape thick-toed gecko, Pachydactylus capensis capensis. (Abstract). Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 36: 76.

Bates, M.F. 1989. Lizards and their tails. National Museum News 37: 44-46.

Bates, M.F. 1989. The flat geckos of Thaba Phatshwa mountain. National Museum News 36: 33-34.

Douglas, R.M. 1989. The spotted house snake. National Museum News 36: 20.

Douglas, R.M. 1989. Some interesting facts on reptiles. National Museum News 37: 3-4.

Bates, M.F. 1988. New distribution records for the Orange Free State. (Amphibians and Reptiles). Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 51.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Geographical distribution: Xenocalamus mechowi inornatus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 50.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Geographical distribution: Xenocalamus bicolor bicolor. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 50.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Geographical distribution: Typhlosaurus lineatus lineatus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 50.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Pachydactylus capensis capensis: Aggressive behaviour. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 49.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Pachydactylus mariquensis mariquensis: Avian predation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 49.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Mabuya capensis: Avian predation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 48.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Mabuya variegata punctulata: Avian predation. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 48.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Bradypodion ventrale ventrale: Reproduction. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 34: 47.

Bates, M.F. 1988. More evidence of the Brown house snake's hearty appetite. Herpetological Association Africa Newsletter 11: 22.

Bates, M.F. 1988. Two rare lizards from Rouxville and Aliwal North. National Museum News 35: 22-23.

Bates, M.F. 1988. The tortoises and terrapins of the Orange Free State - Part 2: Tortoises and terrapins. National Museum News 34: 12-14.

Douglas, R.M. 1988. Awards for captive breeding. (Editorial) Herpetological Association of Africa Newsletter 11: 3-4.

Bates, M.F. 1987. The tortoises and terrapins of the Orange Free State - Part 1: Tortoises. National Museum News 32: 16-17.

Douglas, R.M. 1987. Defence mechanisms in frogs. National Museum News 32: 26

Douglas, R.M. 1986. How common are fossorial snakes. National Museum News 31: 22-23.

Douglas, R.M. 1986. The mouths of babes. National Museum News 30: 19.

Bates, M.F. 1985. Notes on egg clutches in Lamprophis inornatus and Psammophylax r. rhombeatus. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 31: 21-22.

Bates, M.F. 1985. To kill or not to kill snakes. National Museum News 27: 9.

Douglas, R.M. 1985. What did that Skaapsteker have for dinner? National Museum News 28: 33-34.