African Rock Python

The African Rock Python is Africa's largest snake. There is a large spearhead mark on the crown of the head; dark and light bands radiating from eye to...more

Black Lined Plated Lizard

A large, thick-bodied plated lizard with a large, robust head. The back is reddish-brown with well-defined, black-edged, yellow dorsolateral stripes...more

Black Mamba

A large, streamlined snake with a narrow, coffin-shaped head and smooth scales. The back is uniform gunmetal to olive-brown, but never really black...more


The Boomslang is a large snake with a distinct head, and very large eyes with round pupils. Colouration is very variable. They may be leaf-green, bright...more

Brown House Snake

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...more

Cape Wolf Snake

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...more


Considerable variation exists throughout the range of the Nile Crocodile. Generally, it is a large crocodilian, averaging 5 m in length but reportedly...more

Egyptian Cobra

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...more

Flap Neck Chameleon

The Flapped-Necked Chameleon is a large chameleon with a continuous crest of small, white, triangular tubercles on the throat and belly...more

Giant Plated Lizard

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...more

Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise [Stigmochelys pardalis] still classified by some as [Geochelone pardalis]. They may exceed 700 mm in length and 40 kg in weight....more

Olive Grass Snake

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...more

Ornate Sandveld Lizard

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...more

Pan Hinged Terrapin

Pan Hinged Terrapin [Pelusios subniger]. A small hinged terrapin with a rounded, smooth shell and a small plastral hinge; no axillary. The head is...more

Puff Adder

Puff Adder [Bitis arietans]. This thick, heavily built snake has a large, flattened, triangular head and large nostrils which point vertically upwards...more

Rainbow Skink

Five-Lined Mabuya, Rainbow Skink or Rainbow – Mabuya [Trachylepis quinquetaeniata]. The Five-lined Mabuya is a large, beautifully coloured skink with a...more

Red Lipped Snake

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...more

Rhombic Egg Eater

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...more

Rough Scaled Plated Lizard

Sudan Plated Lizard, Great Plated Lizard or Rough-scaled Plated Lizard [Gerrhosaurus major]. The Sudan Plated Lizard is a large, stout lizard, with a...more

Serrated Hinged Terrapin

The Serrated Hinged Terrapin is the largest hinged terrapin. The carapace and bridge are uniform black in colour. The plastron is yellow-centered, with...more

Southern Tree Agama

Southern Tree Agama, Black-necked Agama or Blue-throated Agama [Acanthocercus atricollis]. A very large agama with a broad head. Breeding males have...more

Spekes Hinged Tortoise

Speke's Hinge-Back Tortoise [Kinixys spekii]. A medium-sized tortoise with a smooth, depressed carapace with a well developed hinge. The shell of...more

Spotted Bush Snake

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...more

Spotted Sandveld Lizard

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...more

Spotted Thick Toed Gecko

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...more

Striped Skink

Striped Skink, African Striped Skink [Trachylepsis striata]. This medium-sized skink has a window in each of the lower eyelids. The ear openings are...more

Sundevalls Writhing Skink

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...more

Variable Skink

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...more

Vine Snake

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...more

Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko

The Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko is a large velvet gecko. The back is light to dark grey-brown, usually with irregular pale and dark crossbars, and often with...more

Whitethroated Monitor

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...more
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