Publications

2020

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. In Press.

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.