Malcolm Pitman, Ferndale
During December I was in the Kruger Park and came across a Giant Bullfrog with his mouth over the head of a Boomslang. The snake was over a metre long and the frog had his mouth fully over the head. There was a lot of jumping by the frog or thrashing by the snake – I couldn't figure out which! Suddenly they parted and the snake shot across the road. The frog sat for about half a minute and then hopped of into the bush, looking rather dazed!
"This should not take long...There's more to this morsel than I thought...I've changed my mind..."
The best description for this behavious comes from Afrikaans: “Sy oë was groter as sy maag” Ed.
Nick Dale, Rhenosterspruit
My friend Dennis Weinand took this pic of a Flower Mantis on a Wild Basil plant near White River. It is the most exquisite camouflage I've ever seen!
Nature's exquisite art - a Mantis copying a flower.
Close-up of the Mantis's head.