Reptiles and Amphibians of Eagle Canyon Golf Estate

I have lived in Eagle Canyon Since its inception all the one back in 2005. A lot has changed since then and while many species have been forced out by the continuous development, due to habitat loss, many species have remained and can still be found to this day. Although the large expanses of open veld are all but absent from the estate, there still are a few spots where wildlife thrives, oblivious to the development of the rest of Johannesburg. All of the animals listed below have been seen by myself, on the estate, in the past year.

The only animal not on the list is the Common Platanna (Xenopus laevis) as I am yet to take pictures of the species as they are restricted to water and hard to photograph. Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus) and Aurora House Snake (Lamprophis aurora) have been found in the estate in the past but because I have not seen or heard of them in the estate in the past five years, I have omitted them form the list as I am not sure whether they are still present in the area.

Snakes

Brown Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus rufulus)

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Red-lipped Herald (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)

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Lizards

Transvaal Thick-toed Gecko (Pachydactylus affinis)

P. afinis body shotP. afinis adult and juvenile close-up

Cape Dwarf Day Gecko (Lygodactylus capensis)

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Water Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

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Speckled Rock Skink (Trachylepis punctatissimus)

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Amphibians

Guttural Toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis)

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Red Toad (Schismaderma carens)

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Common River Frog (Amietia delalandii)

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