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.
Click on an image below to find out more about these amazing creatures