Date: 19 March 2009
Walkers: Ian, Helen, Dorothy, and dogs
The pine plantation adjoining the Marloth Nature Reserve is a popular dog-walking spot in Swellendam. First we walked round the dam.
Then Tessa and Nunu lead the way into the pine forest.
I spotted a berg adder on the road, in fact, almost stood on it. It was most likely a young one, as it was only about 20cm long. Even so, scary!
Update: I've been reliably informed (thanks, John) that this snake is in fact a night adder -the key diagnostic feature is the bold backward pointing chevron on the top of the head.
(All photos by Helen)