Their reproduction habits are fascinating. Like many molluscs, they are hermaphrodites, the sexual organs of both males and females being present. This means that they can self-fertilise, although this does not happen often.
It is that time of year again. The leaves on the Wild Syringa trees are turning a golden colour, the sun is not even properly up by 6.30am, and there is a definite chill in the mornings; Autumn. This is also the time when many of our game species mate.
As an example of the Nutrient cycle in working order, we will use our baboon scull in the front garden of Kaingo Game Reserve. This poor male died a few years ago. We can only speculate how; perhaps a rival ended a long and illustrious career in charge of the troupe.
There are very few moments in life as relaxed as a boat ride on the Mogol river in the early morning light. The rising sun and awakening of the Waterberg around you takes you back to a time where 24/7 communication was not a necessity nor expected.
They are native to the Americas, but introduced world over as an angling and food species. Subsequent introductions of other strains of bass have been done as recently as 1988, when the Florida strain was introduced into waters in KwaZulu Natal.
Butter barbel…the name says it all! This little mid water predator with a maximum weight of about 1.5kg loves slow flowing or static water. They live in shoals and hunt small fish and small crabs at night or in low light conditions.