Next Gen Herpetologist

Amatola Flat Gecko (Afroedura amatolica) Family: Gekkonidae. Size: 10-12cm. Distribution: They are endemic to the Amatola mountain range of Eastern Cape. Description: Small flat gecko with large eyes and a fat segmented tail. Adults...

Namaqua Dwarf Adder (Bitis schneideri) Family: Viperidae. Size: 18-24cm. Distribution: They are distributed along the western coast of southern Africa, from the mouth of the Olifants river to Luderitz Bay in south-west Namibia. The...

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Cape Cobra (Naja Nivea) Family: Elapidae. Size: 1.2- 2.4m. Distribution: They are distributed throughout much of the western parts of Southern Africa with higher densities along the southern coast. They are found in...

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) Family: Colubridae. Size: 1.2-1.5m. Distribution: Widespread African species that has been found in every province in South Africa. The snake is particularly abundant along the southern coast from...

Dusky-bellied Water Snake (Lycodonomorphus laevissimus) Family: Lamprophiidae. Length: 70-120cm. Description: This snake has an olive to brown-black body with a cream underbelly. The upper lip is usually spotted and the snake...

Rock Monitor (Varanus albigularis) Family: Varanidae. Length: 100-150cm. Description: The rock monitor is smaller than the nile monitor. It has strong, stocky limbs and an large swollen snout. The tail is longer than the body...

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) Family: Varanidae. Length: 120-220cm. Description: The lizard is black and yellow with an elongated head and a flat tail to aid in swimming. Juveniles are usually more vividly...

Red-lipped herald (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) Family: Colubridae. Length: 60-75cm. Description: The snakes has an olive body with white flecks. The snake is most easily recognized by its red lip which is absent from...

Western Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natelensis occidentalis) Family: Colubridae. Scientific name: Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis (Broadley, 1966). Other name: Natal green snake. Size: 60-90cm, but can be as long as 130cm. Diet:...

Cape Girdled Lizard (Cordylus cordylus)  Family: Cordylidae Size: 13-19cm Life span: Up to 15 years in captivity Diet: Most insects, snails, millipedes and occasionally small amounts of vegetation Description: Mottled brown, often with...

Short-legged Seps Family: Gerrhosauridae Scientific name: Tetradactylus seps (Linnaeus, 1758) Size: 13-18cm Diet: Mainly bees and grasshoppers Description: Possesses a dark bronze head, body and tail with slightly fainter flanks. The...

Puff Adder Family: Viperidae. Scientific name: Bitis arietans arietans (Merrem, 1820). Size: 70-100cm (can exceed 150cm). Diet: Mainly rodents (Vlei arts, Striped field mice, Multimamate mice) but will readily take toads,...

Common Brown Water Snake Family: Colubridae. Scientific name: Lycodonomorphus rufulus (Lichtenstein, 1823). Other name: Common water snake, brown water snake. Size: 45-60cm, but can grow as long as 85cm. Diet: mainly frogs,...