Group of small (ca 10 cm length) geckos in well-shaded gap in a baobab-ornamented metamorphic rock reef on-which several of the cabins of the Eco-Lodge de Brousse have been constructed on the "Island of the Manatees", in the River Niger approximately 2 km north of the Park W Tent Campground. These geckos have small black spots on their back, and appear to have a white bloom on their tail and thorax. They were quite shy during the heat of the day, but much more cooperative for photography just after sundown.
Female agama (or a male that has not yet begun to change into its breeding colors), about 30 cm long, on veranda of open-air dining room of the Eco-Lodge de Brousse on the "Island of the Manatees". approximately 2 km north of the Park W Campsite, with is located on the west bank of the Niger River in the northern portion of Parc W, about 24 km from the Tapoa park entrance, in extreme southwestern Niger on the country's frontiers with Benin and Burkina Faso.
Male Agama agama, in full breeding colors, was observed in the shade at the based of a baobab-adorned metamorphic rock reef, atop which several of the Eco-Lodge's cabins are perched. Length ca 40 cm. Identity absolutely certain.
Four small, flat, brown turtles with large brown eyes were being offered for sale by roadside children on the east side of the Niamey-Say highway, approximately 30 km southeast of Niamey. Three of the four individuals (adults?) observed had shells 15 to 20 cm long, while the fourth (sub-adult?) was substantially smaller (12 cm long). They each had five claws on each of their front feet hind feet. I have observed local children selling turtles at this site at the start of the 2011 rainy season as well as this year. It appears they capture the turtles from an ephemeral road-side pond. All four individuals were collected for measurement, photos, and subsequent release. Carapace measurements and photos of all four individuals (A-D) are provided here:
A: Male, carapace light greenish-brown with yellowish ring, 15.5 x 12 cm
B: Female, carapace light brown, 19.5 x 12.5 cm
C (original photograph uploaded on 27 June): Female, carapace greenish-brown with hints of a yellow ring; 16.5 x 12.5 cm
D: Male, carapace dark green; 12 cm x 8 cm
Medium-sized (22-28 cm length, including tail) lizard with whip-like tail, resting in the open atop a small lump of degraded granite in the midst of the ruins of a market in Hampi, earstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Small green chameleon with pronounced ridge on back, crossing the foot path to my office and nearly stepped on by passers-by so I scooped it up and transferred to to a nearby Balanites aegptica tree, where it quickly (for a chameleon) climbed up and out of harm's way. It got a bit flustered by the attention and started getting purplish-red spots, but was soon safe in a bunch of green thorns.
Female agama observed in shade on the compound wall surrounding the kitchen facilities at the Eco-Lodge de Brousse, on the "Island of the Manatees", in the River Niger about 2 km north of the Park W Campsite. Length ca. 30 cm. Identity absolutely certain. Orange blotches on her sides are typical fr this species throughout its range in Niger, including my garden in Niamey
It was still cool so it wasn't moving much making for an easy picture.
I am pretty sure it is a southern species, though we have both northern and southern here.
Definitely not even close to quality, but I wanted to include the shot in the set as the watching eye-shine of crocs added an exciting backdrop to my cautious search for frogs at the edge of this lake in Abuko.
Came to drink at a water hole in Abuko Nature Reserve. Its back was covered in horse flies and it stalked several birds that came to drink once it went under the water.
Africa's ubiquitous lizard was easy to see. I've put all my sightings of agamas into one observation as they were seen all over the place and on every day.
This large (2m) was emerging from the hollowed out centre of a tree, unfortunately our torches seemed to startle it and it quickly got back into cover, where we took the sensible decision to keep our distance and not disturb it further.
From what I've read two species of blind snake have been recorded in The Gambia and this appears to be the most likely of the two.
This was found on a small forested trail near Gunjur.
Hojarasca del sendero Henry Pittier, Hotel Villa Blanca y Estación de Investigación José Miguel Alfaro, Los Ángeles de San Ramón. Con Brayan Morera.
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There are over 9,000 recognized species of reptile in the world. Many are extremely poorly known and many more are threatened with extinction. The Global Reptile BioBlitz is the sister effort to the Global Amphibian BioBlitz and aims to collect amateur observations of every species of reptile. Together, we can map where these incredible creatures persist and insure their conservation into the future. less ↑