KORSMAN CONSERVANCY

OTHER FAUNA


Reptiles, amphibians and arthropods form most of the other fauna.
Arthropods have an exoskeleton, a segmented body and jointed legs. They form the largest family of creatures and include insects, spiders, crustaceans and myriapods.


Amphibians
Three species are known: Guttural Toad (below L) Common Platanna (below R) and Common Caco (identified from its call.)

Bullfrogs have not been seen for a couple of years, probably exterminated by reed encroachment and the long-term high water level.
Reptiles
African Marsh Terrapins (Pelomedusa galatea) (L) are seen from spring to autumn sitting on rocks in the water, occasionally found wandering in the grass, or seen laying eggs near the fence. Photo by Jan de Beer.
This Aurora House Snake (R) is a grassland dweller.
Fish
The only known fish are the indigenous Southern Mouthbrooder and the Category 2 invasive Common Carp.
Carp photo by Eugene Liebenberg
Crustaceans
Warrens River Crabs (Potamonautes warreni) are sometimes found on the Drive, trying to migrate.
Wood lice (R) crustaceans, too - not insects.
Molluscs
The tiny Amber Snail (L) is often found near water.
The Banded Garden Slug (alien species) is a mollusc even though it does not have a shell.
Myriapods
Centipedes and millipedes
Collembola
Springtails are tiny arthropods that are not insects. These live in water. Photographed through a microscope.

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