Publications

2020

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz. Sharing for science: high-resolution trophic interactions revealed rapidly by social media. PeerJ. 8: e9485. [pdf]

Barends, J., Pietersen, D.W., Zambatis, G., Tye, D.R., and B. Maritz. Sampling bias in reptile occurrence data for the Kruger National Park. Koedoe. 62: 1–9. [pdf]

2019

Maritz, R., Conradie, W., Sardinha, C., Peto, A., Chechene, A., and B. Maritz. Ophiophagy and cannibalism in African vine snakes (Colubridae: Thelotornis). African Journal of Ecology. Early Online [pdf]

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz. (2019). Green alert. Wild Magazine. Tip Africa Publishing. 48: 44–49. [pdf]

Tolley, K.A., Weeber, J., Maritz, B., Verburgt, L., Bates, M.F., Conradie, W., Hofmeyr, M.D., Turner, A.A., da Silva, J.M., and G.J. Alexander. (2019). No safe haven: Protection levels show imperilled South African reptiles not sufficiently safe-guarded despite low average extinction risk. Biological Conservation. 233: 61–72. [pdf]

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz. (2019). Head to head. Wild Magazine. Tip Africa Publishing. 47: 16–19. [pdf]

Smith, C., Layloo, I., Maritz, R., and B. Maritz. (2019). Sexual dichromatism does not translate into sex‐based differences in morphology or diet for the African boomslang. Journal of Zoology. 308: 253–208. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Alexander, G., and R. Maritz. (2019). The underappreciated extent of cannibalism and ophiophagy in African cobras. Ecology. 100(2): e02522. [pdf]

2018

Maritz, B. (2018). Natural History Notes: Philothamnus Predation. African Herp News. 68: 48–49.

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz. (2018). Studying the understudied: Reptile Diversity in African Savannas Field Course. Quest Magazine. Academy of Science of South Africa. 14(2): 18–21. [pdf]

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz. (2018). Snacks for sneaks. Wild Magazine. Tip Africa Publishing. 43: 63–64. [pdf]

2017

Layloo, I., Smith, C. and B. Maritz. (2017). Diet and feeding in the Cape Cobra, Naja nivea. African Journal of Herpetology. 66(2): 147–153. [pdf]

2016

Maritz, B., Penner, J., Martins, M., Crnobrnja-Isailovic, J., Spear, S., Alencar, L.R.V., Sigala-Rodriguez, J., Messenger, K., Clark, R.W., Soorae, P., Luiselli, L., Jenkins, C., and H. Greene. (2016) Identifying global priorities for the conservation of vipers. Biological Conservation. 204: 94–102. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Kgditse, M., and G.J. Alexander (2016) Snake body frequency distributions are robust to the description of novel species. Ecosphere. 7(5): e01348. [pdf]

Tolley, K.A., Alexander, G.J., Branch, W.R., Bowles, P., and B. Maritz (2016) Conservation status and threats for African reptiles. Biological Conservation. 204: 63–71. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2016) Scale-dependent orientation in movement paths: a case study of an African viper. Ethology. 122(3): 207–214. [pdf]

2015

Miller, A.K., Maritz, B., McKay, S., Glaudas, X., and G.J. Alexander (2015) An ambusher’s arsenal: chemical crypsis in the puff adder (Bitis arietans). Proceedings Royal Society B. 282(1821): 20152182. [pdf]

Alexander, G.J. and B. Maritz (2015) Sampling interval affects the estimation of movement parameters in four species of African snake. Journal of Zoology. 297(4): 309–318. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and Breytenbach, L. (2015) Natural History Note: Acontias plumbeus Agonistic Behaviour. African Herp News. African Herp News. 62: 30–32. 

Maritz, B., Blackburn, J.L, and P. Huang (2015) Natural History Note: Amblyodipsas polylepis Mimicry. African Herp News. 61: 23–24.

Maritz, B., Blackburn, J.L. and P. Huang (2015) Natural History Note: Gonionotophis nyassae Diet. African Herp News. 61: 25–26. 

2014

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2014) Namaqua Dwarf Adders are generalist predators. African Journal of Herpetology. 63(1): 79–86. [pdf]

2013

Böhm, M. et al. (2013) The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation. 157: 372–385. (See link for the full author list) [pdf]

Drake, D.C., Maritz, B., Jacobs, S., Crous, C.J., Engelbrecht, A., Etale, E., Fourie, M., Furniss, D.G., Scott, S.L., Parusnath, S., and Tye, D.R. (2013) The propagation and dispersal misinformation in ecology: is there a relationship between citation accuracy and journal impact factor? Hydrobiologia. 702: 1–4. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2013) Namaqua Dwarf Adders must breed frequently: the problem with being small. Journal of Zoology. 289: 27–31. [pdf]

Maritz, B. (2013) Natural History Note: Bitis arietans Predation. African Herp News. 59: 21–28. 

Maritz, B., Wallner, A., and Deans, R. (2013) Natural History Note: Bitis parviocular Reproduction. African Herp News. 59: 28–29. 

2012

Maritz, B. (2012) To run or hide?: escape behavior in a cryptic African snake. African Zoology. 47: 270–274. [pdf]

Maritz, B. (2012) Natural History Note: Bitis schneideri Relative prey size. African Herp News. 57: 16. [pdf]

Maritz, B. (2012) Natural History Note: Meroles knoxii Forced copulation. African Herp News. 57: 17. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2012) Movement patterns in the smallest viper, Bitis schneideri. Copeia. 2012: 732–737. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2012) Population density and survival estimates of the African viperid, Bitis schneideri. Herpetologica. 68(2): 195–202. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2012) Dwarfs on the move: Spatial ecology of the world’s smallest viper, Bitis schneideri. Copeia. 2012: 115–120. [pdf]

2011

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2011) Morphology, sexual dimorphism, and growth in the smallest viperid, Bitis schneideri (Reptilia: Squamata: Viperidae). Journal of Herpetology. 45(4): 457–462. [pdf]

2010

Alexander, G.J. and B. Maritz (2010) Natural History Note: Bitis arietans partial resistance to Naja venom. African Herp News. 50: 34–36. [pdf]

Branch, W.R. and B. Maritz (2010) Geographic distribution: Acontias namaquensis. African Herp News. 51: 28–29. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2010) Geographic distribution: Dendroaspis polylepis. African Herp News. 51: 27–28. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and S.L. Scott (2010) Assessing the threat of avian predation on a small viperid snake. African Zoology. 45(2): 309–314. [pdf]

2009

Maritz, B. (2009) Natural History Note: Microacontias litoralis copulation. Herpetological Review. 40(2): 223. [pdf]

Masterson, G.P.R., Maritz, B., Mackay, D., and G.J. Alexander (2009) The impacts of past cultivation on the reptiles in a South African grassland. African Journal of Herpetology. 58(2): 71–84. [pdf]

Wessels, B.R. and B. Maritz (2009) Natural History Note: Bitis schneideri Diet. Herpetological Review. 40(4): 440. [pdf]

2008

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2008) Breaking ground: quantitative fossorial herpetofauna in South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology. 58(1): 1–14. [pdf]

Maritz, B. (2008) Namaqua Dwarf Adder (Bitis schneideri) envenomation. South African Medical Journal. 98(10): 788. [pdf]

Masterson, G.P.R., Maritz, B., and G.J. Alexander (2008) Effect of fire history and habitat structure on herpetofauna in a South African Grassland. Applied Herpetology. 5: 129–143. [pdf]

2007

Maritz, B. (2007) Natural History Note: Mehelya nyassae feeding. Herpetological Review. 38(3): 341. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2007) Herpetofaunal utilisation of riparian buffer zones in an agricultural landscape, in Mtunzini, South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology. 56(2): 163–169. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Masterson, G.P.R., Mackay, D., and G.J. Alexander (2007) The effect of funnel trap type and size of pitfall trap on trap success: implications for ecological field studies. Amphibia-Reptilia. 28: 321–328. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Masterson, G.P.R., Mackay, D. and G.J. Alexander (2007) Geographic distribution: Xenopus muelleri. Herpetological Review. 38(2): 216.