16th February 2014-A day well spent Herping in the forest area around the Conservation Education Centre of Bombay Natural History Society, the first one of many more to come.
For those of you who are new to the term, Herping is the act of searching for amphibians or reptiles. The activity or technique depends on the terrain and target species. Ours mostly consisted of searching under natural cover objects, namely the huge rocks in the terrain and also scanning the trees, branches and leaf litter around the area.
The goal – To get a count of species as well as population in the area.
Observation – When we turned the rocks over to find the geckos, they would bask peacefully if they were in the sun. But the minute our shadow fell on them or the sun went behind the clouds, they would again retire to their hidey holes quickly.
We got a chance to view some very interesting creatures both reptiles and non-reptiles. Here are some of the pictures.