“Puff adders don’t smell … like anything” – meerkats, dogs

These little guys learn much faster than dogs apparently, at least when it comes to learning how to pick out a snake’s scent from a line-up. A photo posted by Anina Mumm (@aninja_m) on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:19pm PST In this photo, Ash Miller, a Wits post-grad, demonstrates how she trained meerkats to recognise…

How to crowdsource an atlas for a snake, a tortoise and a lizard

There’s more than just a few snakes (and tortoises, lizards and crocodiles, for that matter) to be found among the 485 pages of the newly published Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. In fact, you will be able to use this full-colour atlas to look up the basics…