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Children and Snakes – Teaching the next generation.

It has been a while since our last blog. This has been a very tough year for all of us in Kenya. Hopefully things will start to improve soon as we love our country, it’s people and it’s wildlife but we all came close to the abyss this year. Security has been fine and in fact very good in our area except for having to replace our laptop and camera, but we have all suffered from the drop in visitors to Bio-Ken.

Since January this year we have released staggering number of reptiles back into the wild and have been able to teach a lot of young people about the importance of conserving all wildlife including reptiles and especially snakes. Here are a few pictures of where we have been and what we have been up to.

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Tortoises                                     More Tortoises

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Snakes

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 these pics were taken. The Lizard will be released near the Arabouko-Sokoke forest about 7km West of the Snake Farm this afternoon.

Photos by Royjan Taylor

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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 Eric Taylor, who is six years old, came up to me and said that he had found a very interesting Chameleon.

When I looked at what he had found I was surprised because although it was a Flap-necked Chameleon Chamaeleo delepis, the only large chameleon found in the area. What was strange about this one was that it was bright orange in colour. Having never seen, or even heard of one being this colour before, I decided to try and found out why.

Eric had actually found it on a Bougainvillea bush that had orange flowers. We released the Chameleon then and there and looked for it and found it again each morning over the next three days. Each day it was the same colour and when disturbed climbed up to the top of the bush where the flowers were more orange. Imagine that! an orange chameleon. It sounds more like a tropical night club than a fact. Just goes to show we learn something new every day.

Well done Eric

Photo by Royjan Taylor
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