'African Reptiles guide'

Guide to Reptiles found in Africa including species of snakes, lizards, tortoises and crocodiles.

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Variable Skink Graham Cooke

Variable Skink


African Reptiles guide Information: Variable Skink (Mabuya varia) - A medium-sized skink with a rounded snout and a window in each lower lid. Colouration is variable; the back may be
Vine Snake.

Vine Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: Southern Vine Snake, Twig Snake, Bird Snake [Thelotornis capensis capensis]. This extremely thin snake has a lance-shaped head and large eyes with keyhole-shaped pupils
Sundevalls Writhing Skink

Sundevalls Writhing Skink


African Reptiles guide Information: Sundevalls Writhing Skink [Lygosoma sundevalli]. The body of this small burrowing skink is light brown to grey, usually with a dark spot at the base of
Striped Skink. Leigh Kemp

Striped Skink


African Reptiles guide Information: Striped Skink, African Striped Skink [Trachylepsis striata]. This medium-sized skink has a window in each of the lower eyelids. The ear openings are
Spotted Thick Toed Gecko.

Spotted Thick Toed Gecko


African Reptiles guide Information: Thick-Toed Gecko or Spotted Gecko [Pachydactylus maculates]. A small, gentle gecko with a fat body and a rounded snout. The back is grey to greyish-brown
Spotted Sandveld Lizard.

Spotted Sandveld Lizard


African Reptiles guide Information: Spotted Sandveld Lizard [Nucras intertexta]. A large sandveld lizard, usually with a spotted back and an orange-brown tail. The back is light brown to
Spotted Bush Snake.

Spotted Bush Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: Spotted Bush Snake [Philothamnus semivariegatus]. A very slender snake with a flat, distinct head and a long tail. The body is bright green to olive
Spekes Hinged Tortoise.

Spekes Hinged Tortoise


African Reptiles guide Information: Speke's Hinge-Back Tortoise [Kinixys spekii]. A medium-sized tortoise with a smooth, depressed carapace with a well developed hinge. The shell of
Southern Tree Agama. Leigh Kemp

Southern Tree Agama


African Reptiles guide Information: Southern Tree Agama, Black-necked Agama or Blue-throated Agama [Acanthocercus atricollis]. A very large agama with a broad head. Breeding males have
Serrated Hinged Terrapin. Graham Cooke

Serrated Hinged Terrapin


African Reptiles guide Information: The Serrated Hinged Terrapin is the largest hinged terrapin. The carapace and bridge are uniform black in colour. The plastron is yellow-centered, with
Rough Scaled Plated Lizard. Leigh Kemp

Rough Scaled Plated Lizard


African Reptiles guide Information: Sudan Plated Lizard, Great Plated Lizard or Rough-scaled Plated Lizard [Gerrhosaurus major]. The Sudan Plated Lizard is a large, stout lizard, with a
Whitethroated Monitor. Graham Cooke

Whitethroated Monitor


African Reptiles guide Information: The White-throated Monitor is a very large, stout lizard with strong, stocky limbs and sharp claws. The head has a bulbous snout, with slit-like nostrils
Puff Adder. Graham Cooke

Puff Adder


African Reptiles guide Information: Puff Adder [Bitis arietans]. This thick, heavily built snake has a large, flattened, triangular head and large nostrils which point vertically upwards
Pan Hinged Terrapin.

Pan Hinged Terrapin


African Reptiles guide Information: Pan Hinged Terrapin [Pelusios subniger]. A small hinged terrapin with a rounded, smooth shell and a small plastral hinge; no axillary. The head is
Ornate Sandveld Lizard

Ornate Sandveld Lizard


African Reptiles guide Information: A large sandveld lizard with a blotched pattern in adults. Juveniles are blackish-brown on the back with 3 white longitudinal stripes. Adults are brown
Olive Grass Snake

Olive Grass Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: The Olive Grass Snake is a large, robust snake with a non-flattened snout and a long tail. The back is olive-brown (paler towards the tail), sometimes
Leopard Tortoise. Graham Cooke

Leopard Tortoise


African Reptiles guide Information: Leopard Tortoise [Stigmochelys pardalis] still classified by some as [Geochelone pardalis]. They may exceed 700 mm in length and 40 kg in weight.
Red Lipped Snake

Red Lipped Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: The Red Lipped Snake is a small snake with a broad, obvious head and a short tail. The scales are in 19 rows at midbody and are dull; the head is
Giant Plated Lizard

Giant Plated Lizard


African Reptiles guide Information: The Giant Plated Lizard is a large lizard with a flattened head and body. In adults, the back is dark brown to black. The throat is dirty white, and the
Flap-necked Chameleon. Graham Cooke

Flap Neck Chameleon


African Reptiles guide Information: The Flapped-Necked Chameleon is a large chameleon with a continuous crest of small, white, triangular tubercles on the throat and belly
Rainbow Skink. Leigh Kemp

Rainbow Skink


African Reptiles guide Information: Five-Lined Mabuya, Rainbow Skink or Rainbow Mabuya [Trachylepis quinquetaeniata]. The Five-lined Mabuya is a large, beautifully coloured skink with a
Egyptian Cobra

Egyptian Cobra


African Reptiles guide Information: Egyptian Cobras may be a uniform light brown, black, or a light yellowish brown colour. The Egyptian Cobra is found throughout North Africa and south of
Rhombic Egg Eater

Rhombic Egg Eater


African Reptiles guide Information: The Rhombic Egg-Eater is a slender, solid snake with a small, rounded head. The tail is short; males have shorter tails. The back is slate-grey, light
Cape Wolf Snake.

Cape Wolf Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: The Cape Wolf Snake is a small snake that grows larger in the southern part of its range. It has a flattened head. Colouration is usually uniform dark
Brown House Snake

Brown House Snake


African Reptiles guide Information: Brown House Snake [Lamprophis capensis]. A large house snake with an obvious head and small body scales. It is uniform red-brown in colour. Large, old
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