The current status of the herpetofaunal environment will be determined and an evaluation of the extent of site-related effects in terms of certain ecological indicators, as well as identification of specific important ecological attributes such as rare and endangered species, protected species, sensitive species and endemic species will be made. The herpetofaunal environment and habitat will be characterised in relation to biota and the extent of site related effects. Presence of red data and protected species will be indicated on a map.
Field surveys will be conducted concurrently with vegetation surveys and all animals observed in the area will be noted. Any ecological indicators, such as calls, tracks and dung will also be noted and regarded as the presence of that particular animal. Detailed herpetofauna lists will be generated and discussed and related back to the floristic component of the area. The probability of occurrence for species not observed during field surveys will be updated if applicable regarding available habitats. Protected and endemic species will be the focus of discussion. Diurnal and nocturnal surveys will be performed. The number of sample plots will vary for each component of the herpetofaunal survey.