Summer is a time of babies, water, and lush vegetation but it is also a time of snakes. However to see a snake is very rare and on this occa...

Summer is a time of babies, water, and lush vegetation but it is also a time of snakes. However to see a snake is very rare and on this occa...

All manner of weird shapes and sizes make up the insect world.

All manner of weird shapes and sizes make up the insect world.

Watching Tree Agama's hatch from the sand in the Maxabeni river was a true highlight. Simon Smit

Watching Tree Agama's hatch from the sand in the Maxabeni river was a true highlight. Simon Smit

A Bark Spider sets itself up for the evening and begins the long wait for its first victim. Photograph by Simon Smit.

A Bark Spider sets itself up for the evening and begins the long wait for its first victim. Photograph by Simon Smit.

Playing with some back lighting on this caterpillar – a fun technique to try. Canon 7D with an EF 100mm f2.8 Macro shot at 1/1250 sec at f4.0, ISO 500 – Photographed by Kate Neill

Playing with some back lighting on this caterpillar – a fun technique to try. Canon 7D with an EF 100mm f2.8 Macro shot at 1/1250 sec at f4.0, ISO 500 – Photographed by Kate Neill

When taking photographs at night be particularly vigilant in using a bean bag. Canon 7D with an EF 100mm f2.8 Macro shot at 1/2500 sec at f2.8, ISO 2000 – Photographed by Kate Neill

When taking photographs at night be particularly vigilant in using a bean bag. Canon 7D with an EF 100mm f2.8 Macro shot at 1/2500 sec at f2.8, ISO 2000 – Photographed by Kate Neill

The incredible eyes of a Chameleon are emphasised by the prehistoric ridges that run above them. ISO 640, f5, 1/400. By Simon Smit

The incredible eyes of a Chameleon are emphasised by the prehistoric ridges that run above them. ISO 640, f5, 1/400. By Simon Smit

A giant legless skink peers out of the sand in the Mhangeni drainage. Although at first glance easily confused with a snake, these animals are in fact lizards. Photograph by James Tyrrell.

A giant legless skink peers out of the sand in the Mhangeni drainage. Although at first glance easily confused with a snake, these animals are in fact lizards. Photograph by James Tyrrell.

The new hyena den off Hobbit’s Hole Rd has many Grewia bushes around it, and at the moment, the Grewias are being feasted upon by these processionary caterpillars. Despite what some might say, the hairs DO itch, as discovered by tracker Mike Sithole on this morning after he had one of the little blighters crawl down his neck! Photograph by James Tyrrell

The new hyena den off Hobbit’s Hole Rd has many Grewia bushes around it, and at the moment, the Grewias are being feasted upon by these processionary caterpillars. Despite what some might say, the hairs DO itch, as discovered by tracker Mike Sithole on this morning after he had one of the little blighters crawl down his neck! Photograph by James Tyrrell

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