Our Reptiles

Kalahari Trials and its Reptiles

Kalahari Trails, has recorded over 36 species of reptiles. Many of these species will never be seen if you are not walking in the dunes. The Kalahari Desert is a great eco system for reptiles and a perfect place for them to well camouflage themselves. We love finding and identifying spoor on our walks and of course finding these interesting critters along the way. We tread lightly on earth here on the dunes not to disturb any of our inhabitants and love sharing their information with our guests.  

 

 


To date 36 species)

TORTOISES

  • Leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)
  • Kalahari Tent tortoise (Psammobates oculiferus)

SNAKES:   

PYTHONS

  • Southern Africa Python (Python natalensis 12.3.2009 spoor at campsite)

BEAKED BLIND SNAKES

  • Schinz’s Beaked Blind Snake (Rhinotyphlops schinzi)

QUILLSNOUTED SNAKES

  • Bi-coloured Quillsnouted Snake (Xenocalamus bicolor bicolor 30.3.2013 after rain)

MOLE SNAKES

  • Mole snake (Pseudaspis can, Black morph 4.2.2009)

COLUBIRDS

  • Karoo Sand Snake (Psammophis notostictus?)
  • Fork-marked Sand Snake (Psammophis leightoni trinasalis 29.11.2004(common))
  • Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)
  • Black-necked Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis woodii, 4.2006, 4.2014)

ADDERS

  • Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)
  • Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis)

HOUSE SNAKES

  • Brown House Snake (Lamprophis fuliginosus? (mentalsis)?)

WORM SNAKES

  • Peter’s Worm Snake Leptotyphlops scutifrous 23.12.2014

LIZARDS:

 

WORM LIZARDS

  • Kalahari Round-headed Worm Lizard (Zygaspis quadrifrons, resight 12.8.2011)
  • Kalahari Spade-snouted Worm Lizard (Monopeltis leonhardi, resight 19.10.2008)
  • Dusky Spade-snouted Worm Lizard (Monopeltis infuscate, resight 9.3.2008)
  • Blunt-tailed Worm Lizard (Dalophia pistillum)

SKINKS

  • Gariep Blind Legless skink (Typhlosaurus gariepensis 21.9.2009)
  • Striped Blind Legless skink (Typhlosaurus lineatus lineatus 28.5.06)
  • Karasberg Tree skink (Trachylepis (Mabuya) sparsa)
  • Variegated Skink (Trachylepis (Mabuya) variegate punctulata?)
  • Western Three-striped skink (Trachylepis (Mabuya) occidentalis 22.11.04, 22.9.2006, 20.10.08)
  • Tree skink (Trachylepis (Mabuya) spilogaster 28.4.06, 15.10.06)

LACERTIDS

  • Western Sandveldt Lizard (Nucras tessellate 25.11.04)
  • Spotted Desert Lizard (Meroles suborbitans)
  • Bushveldt Lizard (Heliobolus lugubris 26.11.04, 6.6.10)
  • Spotted Sand Lizard (Pedioplanis lineoocellata 26.11.04)
  • Namaqua Sand Lizard (Pedioplanis namaquansis 24.11.04 (hatching 30.3.06))

AGAMAS

  • Ground Agama (Agama aculeate (common))
  • Anchieta’s Agama (Agama anchietae (1 sighting 4.2000))

GECKOS

  • Kalahari Ground Gecko (Colopus wahlbergii furcifer)
  • Giant Ground Gecko (Chondrodactylus angulifer)
  • Bibron’s Thick-toed Gecko (Pachydactylus bibronii)
  • Turners Thick-toed Gecko (Pachydactylus turneri)
  • Cape Thick-toed Gecko (Pachydactylus capensis?)
  • Common Barking Gecko (Ptenopus garrulous garrulus)