WRHA STAND AT SOS EXPO It is now about 5 months ago, if not longer that the first emails started going to the committee members on what their feeling was about the WRHA having a stand at the SOS2 expo.  Early in February 2013, after the reservations for a stand opened, there was a quick […]


Good Day Fellow Herpers This will be the first time the WRHA will have a fun day / braai and hopefully, this will be the first of many. I would like to invite all of you to a Bring and Braai / Fun day for our April meeting / gathering. Date: 20 April 2013 Time: […]

Permit matters and WRHA members

There is one golden rule with regards to permits for indigenous reptiles in Gauteng. This rule is the following: FOR ANY ACTIVITY INVOLVING INDIGENOUS REPTILES, VALID PERMITS FROM GAUTENG NATURE CONSERVATION SHALL BE OBTAINED. All West Rand Herpetological Associations’ (WRHA) members, shall obtain the applicable permit prior to any activity involving indigenous reptiles. Non compliance, […]

African Bush Vipers

West African Bush Viper An attractive viper from tropical West Africa. This viper is a small and makes for an attractive display reptile. Feeds mainly on lizards in the wild and hatchlings can be problem feeders. This viper has a potent hemotoxic venom and bites from West African Bush Vipers have caused human deaths. Usumbara Bush […]


Good Morning Fellow Herpers You are hereby all invited to join the WRHA for our next meeting / gathering: Date: 1 March 2013 Time: 19:15 for 19:30 Venue: Heia Safari Lodge Speaker:  Ms. H. Pfeifer Topic:  Boa Constrictors… a few aspects We will once again make use of the restaurant facilities at Heia Safari Lodge. […]

Types of Snake Venom and their Effects on Humans

Snake venom comes in different types.  Different types of venom have different effects on humans. Cytotoxic Venom destroys tissue and causes pain, swelling and eats away at the flesh. Cytotoxic bites vary in potency according to the species of snake, size of the snake and the amount of venom injected. Snakes with cytotoxic venom include most […]

Febuary Field Trip

You are all invited to join us for a field trip at Stone Hill Lodge. There will be no meeting at Heia Safari Lodge for February. Date: 2 February 2013 Time: 7:30 for 8:00 (am) Venue: Stone Hill Lodge We will have a short discussion of what to do and what not. Thereafter, we will […]