Monthly Archives: November 2007

NEW COBRA FOUND IN WATAMU

YES! Finally we are here. About four years ago we contacted Dr. Wolfgang Wuster a lecturer at the University of Bangor in Wales about a Cobra we had suspected to be different. Dr. Wuster had just concluded a paper on a new species from Sudan the Nubian Spitting Cobra Naja nubia which was previously recorded […]

YELLOW BACKED BLIND SNAKE FOUND

Today we collected a very nice specimen of the rare Yellow Backed Blind Snake Rhinotyphlops unitaeniatus in Watamu. We have found them in the area before but not much is known about them. The last one we had we got to eat the small white termites and also it occasionally would eat ants eggs. We […]

Katherin’s Sand Snake in Tsavo

This is actually a comment just in in from one of our Blog readers. Couple of months ago, saw a vehicle in Tsavo E, NP run over a Sand Snakeā€¦I got out of my vehicle and tail caught the snake which was heading into the brush. Its skin was torn but I don’t think the […]

WALTER’S BIO-KEN EXPERIENCE

Today I thought I would introduce you to the Bio-Ken experience. This is a program that we created here at Bio-Ken for our visitors that do not have a specific research project. It accommodates students of all ages that wish to come and work with us to gain some practical experience in working with reptiles […]

STRIPE BELLIED SAND SNAKE RELEASED

This morning an Eastern Stripe Bellied Sand Snake Psammophis orientalis was brought in to the Snake Farm by one of the villagers from Jimba, an area on the way to Gede, about 5 km West of Bio-Ken. It had been caught in a village house where it had gone to sleep for the night. The […]

BLUE BUSH SNAKE RELEASED

It must be Bush Snake season in Watamu at the moment, for yet again we saved another one today. Late this morning Ferry and Walter Scherer from St. Lawrence University (USA), who is doing the Bio-Ken experience at the Snake Farm at the moment , took a snake call from quite near the snake farm. […]

FERRY SAVES SAVANNA MONITOR

Early this morning Ferry was called to a village in Kanani about 5km north of Bio-Ken. The local people there had cornered a Savanna Monitor Lizard Varanus albigularis in their chicken pen raiding eggs. Fortunately the Monitor was not hurt by anyone and so Ferry caught it and returned it to the Snake Farm where […]

BOUGHT A BUSH SNAKE ITS FREEDOM

Just a short one. The builders on a building site at plot 40c Watamu, had cornered a young Speckled Bush Snake Philothamnus punctatus on the veranda of the main house. Refusing to listen to me about the fact that it was not poisonous and so should be left alone, I decided to offer some money […]

THE BABY GABOON PROJECT

This Morning Bonface, the Farm Foreman was feeding our small Gaboon Vipers Bitis gabonica. So I thought to myself why don’t I take some pictures and explain to you how this particular side of our work runs. Kakamega Forest in Western Kenya is the last habitat remaining in this country that still has a few […]

STRANGE COLOURED CHAMELEON

It was a quiet day at the snake farm today so thought I’d share an interesting find with you. In October 2007 I took our children for their school half term to Sand Island, an old style cottage resort on Tiwi, a beach along the South Coast of Kenya. On the second afternoon my son […]