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Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer ssp. sayi

Date

June 15, 2019 09:11 PM MDT

Description

A large male observed cruising around a rocky hillside right before a major thunderstorm moved through.

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Water Smartweed Persicaria amphibia

Observer

looselucy47

Date

August 6, 2019 09:50 AM MDT

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mathiasdhaen

Date

March 2, 2019 10:56 AM CET

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Twig Snake Thelotornis capensis

Observer

aepafrica

Date

February 15, 2019 10:18 AM SAST

Description

Thelotornis capensis found in our neighbor's garden. My husband was asked to get it and relocate. Snake was relocated nearby.

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Tenerife Lizard Gallotia galloti

Observer

wojtest

Date

April 29, 2018 04:11 PM HST

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Southern Rock Agama Agama atra

Observer

tjeerddw

Date

September 16, 2014 11:33 AM CET

Description

southern rock agama

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Sable Antelope Hippotragus niger

Observer

tomdudones

Date

October 11, 2016 08:36 AM EDT

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West African Banded Cobra Naja savannula

Observer

gwwarbler

Date

December 27, 2018

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Date

June 16, 2018 08:03 PM BST

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Red-lipped Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

Observer

jouberth

Date

December 18, 2018 12:05 AM SAST

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Ball Python Python regius

Observer

toganim

Date

December 9, 2018

Place

Yoto, Togo (Google, OSM)

Description

Python regius juvénile, naissance de début d'année. Taille environ 65 cm

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Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Observer

milletman

Date

April 30, 2017 05:16 PM MDT

Description

Western Meadowlark singing from the top of a fence post

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Giant Sensitive Plant Mimosa pigra

Observer

milletman

Date

February 8, 2014

Description

Mimoa pigra is a woody leguminous weed, that is invading stream banks across the tropics. Photos of its pinkish-white flowers and erect, greenish-brown and pubesent pods were taken of plants growing at the water's edge along the eastern shore of the River Niger, north of its confluence with the River Tapoa in Parc W in south-western Niger.

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Pearl Millet Pennisetum glaucum

Observer

milletman

Date

March 7, 2014 05:24 PM CET

Description

ICRISAT-bred improved pearl millet variety ICMV-IS 92222, which was developed by recurrent selection within the landrace variety Haine Kheri. Photos of two productive single plants are provided, demonstrating the tillering ability and long (60+ cm) panicles of this variety.

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Straw-coloured Fruit Bat Eidolon helvum

Observer

milletman

Date

March 16, 2014

Place

Niger (Google, OSM)

Description

Large (body circa 30 cm from nose to tail) bats, with brown (dark brown, rufous brown and straw) fur. Head largely black. Wings black. Roosting in trees on the inside perimeter of the north wall of the compound occupied by the Niger offices of BCEAO in Niamey. The trees had large amounts of fresh green foliage, making it difficult to get an accurate estimate of the numbers of bats in this colony, but a rough estimate of 400 to 600 was obtained for today (down substantially from two months ago, when the trees were largely defoliated, making it easier to see the bats).

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Fahaka Puffer Tetraodon lineatus

Observer

milletman

Date

January 10, 2015

Description

Typical puffer fish, w/ bright yellow belly & darker yellow tail.
Male ca. 40 cm long, accompanied by smaller female (?) ca. 30 cm long. The male was sacrificed (& was delicious). Stomach contents of harvested male included pieces of shell of freshwater oysters, suggesting that the large teeth (see photos) of this species are used to break oyster shells -- the contents of which appear to be their main diet).
When 'intimidated', these fish puff up their bright yellow bellies & float yellow-belly-up. Local informants indicated that the meat of this species is not poisonous, but that care must be taken when handling the live fish to avoid losing a finger tip (or more) to its large, sharp teeth & strong jaws. The two observed specimens had been caught minutes earlier by local fishermen using a hand-thrown net.
The skin of this fish is reportedly tanned & used to make drum-heads for tom-tom drums used by local gryots.

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Oriental Rat Snake Ptyas mucosa

Observer

milletman

Date

December 30, 2007

Description

Common Indian rat snake, or "Dhaman", found in our back garden, captured (to protect it from harm from our dogs & gardener) & released unharmed over the back compound wall into light cover along a stream that drains into the "Durgam Cheruvu" or "Hidden Lake"

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Donkey Equus asinus

Observer

milletman

Date

March 4, 2016

Description

Domestic donkeys hauling loads of cowpea haulms (a high-value fodder) to market in Niamey

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West African Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis ssp. peralta

Observer

milletman

Date

May 2, 2015

Description

Large mammal (2 m to 5 m in height) with long neck, light brown /dark brown spots above, white below, three skin-covered protuberances atop skull, and very long thick black hair at end of tail. Unmistakable. A family group of 11 individuals, including one adult male, several adult females, several juvenile >1 year old) males and females, and at least 5 young (less than 1 year old).

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River Thorn Faidherbia albida

Observer

milletman

Date

May 2, 2015

Description

"Gao" trees (some pruned for fodder, but most not) on the edge of a pearl millet field in the Koure Giraffe Sanctuary -- with the shade of several of the trees being used as resting places by members of a family of West African giraffes, and others being used similarly by domesticated fat-tailed sheep.

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Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii

Observer

milletman

Date

May 3, 2015

Description

Relatively small black & white storks with prominant blue & red facial markings. Feet red, legs black (with red/yellow markings on joints). Multiple pairs actively engaged in nest construction in a large Faidherbia albida tree.

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Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Observer

milletman

Date

May 3, 2015 06:37 PM CET

Description

Small brown dove with checkered throat.

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White-billed Buffalo-Weaver Bubalornis albirostris

Observer

milletman

Date

May 3, 2015

Description

Adults and juveniles feeding near horse stables, and active near communal nests in a large Faidherbia albida tree on the grounds of Le Club Equestre du Niamey.

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Rainbow Agama Agama agama

Observer

milletman

Date

May 3, 2015

Description

Medium-large lizard. Males have prominent orange head and spend considerable time displaying (push-ups) and chasing females when the opportunity arises. On trees & walls (of stables and other buildings), and the ground between them. Diurnal. Very active during breeding season.

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River Thorn Faidherbia albida

Observer

milletman

Date

May 3, 2015

Description

One of five large leguminous trees with thick trunks (can reach 2 m diameter), small pinnately compound leaves, curly & orange pods, and many thorns, which form a large arc on the north, east and south sides of the compound.
This particular tree provides nesting sites for at least four species of birds at present including Abdim's stork, village weaver, white-billed buffalo weave and chestnut-bellied starling, provides habitat for Agama agama, and also provides welcome shade to the club house and adjacent patio used by staff and members of the Club Equestre (as well as other wildlife).

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Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus

Observer

milletman

Date

January 23, 2016

Description

Bright blue bird with dark & light blue on wings, 30 cm long, with chestnut-bronze colored back, twin black tail streamers & white-streaked face & throat. Unmistakable.

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Egyptian White Water-Lily Nymphaea lotus

Observer

milletman

Date

January 23, 2016

Description

Water lily with white-petalled flowers with prominent yellow-stamens, & leaf blades approximately 25 cm in diameter with scalloped edges, growing in shallow water between ONAHA's Kollo Irrigation Scheme's outer bund road & the post-harvest bunded fields, which were being grazed prior to transplanting of the "summer season" irrigated lowland "paddy rice" (Oryza sativa) crop.