Lizards and Skinks within the
Mount Moreland Conservancy Area

 Here are a few of the lizard species that occur at Mount Moreland, we encourage residents and visitors to submit new sightings and photos

 As opposed to snakes, ‘lizards’ have eye lids, even if they don’t have very obvious legs, and none of the southern African species are venomous. They are all fascinating and beneficial creatures to the environment. Geckos’ all lose their tails easily if ‘attacked’, as a distraction to predators.

The large (20 - 25 cm) ‘bloukop’ - blue headed tree agamas - Agama atricollis - are ‘lizards’ that are often observed on tree trunks. The agamas are rough scaled and have large heads. The males of the tree agama have blue heads which they frequently bob up and down while signalling to each other. Agama aculeata - are more wide spread over most of South Africa. The tree agamas, like certain other ‘lizards’, become highly territorial resulting in chases and displays between competitors.

The ‘nocturnal’ lizards that one may encounter in and around buildings will inevitably be species of gecko. All geckos are very useful and voracious insect eaters.They have specialised feet with scales and minute hairs arranged in rows or paired pads called ‘scansors’ which allow them to walk upside down and on seemingly smooth surfaces. They will not fall on you unless ‘attacked’. The gecko most commonly seen in Mount Moreland is the medium sized tropical house gecko - Hemidactylus mabouia - which is a pan-tropical species. It is a highly successful species which competes with our other indigenous species for available food. They often make a ‘tik-tik-tiking’ sound and vary from light to dark grey in colour - some appearing almost transparent.

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Skinks 

Bloukop lizard

Water monitor

 Gecko

 

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'Conservation is the only plan the last endangered species is man'
 Donald Hawkridge