Barends, J.M. and B. Maritz (2022) Dietary specialization and habitat shifts in a clade of Afro-Asian Colubrid Snakes (Colubridae: Colubrinae). Ichthyology & Herpetology. 110(2): 278–291. [pdf]

Barends, J.M. and B. Maritz (2022) Snake predators of bird eggs: a review and bibliography. Journal of Field Ornithology. 93(2): 1. [pdf]

Taft, J.M., Maritz, B., and K.A., Tolley (2022) Stable climate corridors promote gene flow in the Cape sand snake species complex (Psammophiidae). Zoologica Scripta. 51: 58–75. [pdf]


Barends, J.M., Maritz, R.A., and B. Maritz (2021) Natural History Notes: Dasypeltis scabra Feeding. African Herp News. 78: 54–56. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Hofmann, E.P., Maritz, R.A., Greene, H.W., Grundler, M.C., and A.M. Durso (2021) Challenges and opportunities in the study of snake diets. Herpetological Review. 52(4): 769–773. [pdf]

Alexander, G.J., Tolley, K.A., Maritz, B., McKechnie, A., Manger, P., Thomson, R.L., Schradin, C., Fuller, A., Meyer, L., Hetem, R.S., Cherry, M., Conradie, W., Bauer, A.M., Maphisa, D., O’Riain, J., Parker, D.M., Mlambo, M.C., Bronner, G., Madikiza, K., Engelbrecht, A., Lee, A.T.K., van Vuuren, B.J., Mandiwana-Neudani, T.G., Pietersen, D., Venter, J.A., Somers, M.J., Slotow, R., Strauss, W.M., Humphries, M.S., Ryan, P.G., and G.I.H. Kerley (2021) Excessive red tape is strangling biodiversity research in South Africa. Journal of South African Science. 117: 1–4. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Barends, J.M., Mohamed, R., Maritz, R.A., and G.J. Alexander (2021) Repeated dietary shifts in elapid snakes (Squamata: Elapidae) revealed by ancestral state reconstruction. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 134: 975–986. [pdf]

Barends, J.M. and B. Maritz (2021) Specialized morphology, not relatively large head size, facilitates competition between a small-bodied specialist and large-bodied generalist competitors. Journal of Zoology. 315: 213–224. [pdf]

Maritz, B., Rawoot, A., and R. van Huyssteen (2021) Testing assertions of dietary specialisation: a case study of the diet of Aparallactus capensis. African Journal of Herpetology. 70(1): 61–67. [pdf]


Maritz, R., Conradie, W., Sardinha, C., Peto, A., Chechene, A., and B. Maritz (2020) Ophiophagy and cannibalism in African vine snakes (Colubridae: Thelotornis). African Journal of Ecology. 58: 543-547. [pdf]

Maritz, B., van Heerden, M. and T. Slade (2020) Natural History Notes: Pseudaspis cana Diet. African Herp News. 74: 72–74. [pdf]

Maritz, B. and R. Maritz (2020, 5 August) How we tracked the eating habits of snakes in Africa with the help of a Facebook group. The Conversation plus [podcast]

Maritz, R. and B. Maritz (2020) 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 (2020) Sampling bias in reptile occurrence data for the Kruger National Park. Koedoe. 62: 1–9. [pdf]


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

Cloete, B.N., Mohamed, R., Ponton, T.J., Tokota, S., and B. Maritz (2019) Geographical Distributions: Gerrhosaurus typicus. African Herp News. 71: 40–42. [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.J., and R. Maritz (2019) The underappreciated extent of cannibalism and ophiophagy in African cobras. Ecology. 100(2): e02522. [pdf]


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

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]


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]


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]


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] [supplemental]

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 L. Breytenbach (2015) Natural History Note: Acontias plumbeus Agonistic Behaviour. African Herp News. 62: 30–31. [pdf]

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

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


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


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 D.R. Tye (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., Wallner, A., and Deans, R. (2013) Natural History Note: Bitis parviocula Reproduction. African Herp News. 59: 28–29. [pdf]

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


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: Meroles knoxii Forced copulation. African Herp News. 57: 17. [pdf]

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

Maritz, B. and G.J. Alexander (2012) Movement patterns in the smallest viper, Bitis schneideri. Copeia. 2012(4): 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(1): 115–120. [pdf]


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]


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]

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

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

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

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


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]


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(3): 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. [pdf]