Africa - Reptiles & Amphibians

On this page you will find pictures of reptiles and amphibians photographed by me in Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa and Tanzania.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Nile Crocodile - Nijlkrokodil
  2. East African Red-headed Agama - O-A Kolonistenagame
  3. West African Red-headed Agama - W-A Kol.agame
  4. Blue-headed Tree Agama - Blauwkopboomagame
  5. Madagascar Girdled Lizard - Z. madagascariensis
  6. Ornate Girdled Lizard - Zonosaurus ornatus
  7. Senegal Chameleon - Senegal Kameleon
  8. Parson's Chameleon - Parsons Kameleon
  9. Short-horned Chameleon - Korthoornkameleon
  10. Short-nosed Chameleon - Calumma gastrotaenia
  11. Globe-horned Chameleon - Calumma glofiber
  12. Nose-horned Chameleon - Calumma nasutum
  13. Carpet Chameleon - Tapijtkameleon
  14. Brown Leaf Chameleon - Brookesia superciliaris
  15. African Striped Skink - Afrikaanse Gestreepte Skink
  16. Wall Gecko sp. - Muurgekko sp.
  17. Striped Day Gecko - Gestreepte Daggekko
  1. Leaf Litter Frog sp. - Phrynobatrachus plicatus
  2. Madagascar Poison Frog - Mantella baroni
  3. Madagascar Frog sp. - A. madagascariensis
  4. Madagascar Tree Frog sp. - Boophis opisthodon
  5. Madagascar Tree Frog sp. - Boophis pyrrhus
  6. Madagascar Tree Frog sp. - Guibemantis liber
  7. Mascarene Grass Frog - P. mascareniensis
  8. Square-marked Toad - Panterpad
  9. Madagascar Tree Boa - Madagaskar-hondskopboa
  10. Mozambique Spitting Cobra - Moz. Spuugcobra
  11. Puff Adder - Pofadder
  12. Mole Snake - Gewone Molslang
  13. Thirteen-scaled Green Snake - Gladde Slang sp.
  14. Lateral Water Snake - Thamnosophis lateralis
  15. Forest Water Snake - Thamnosophis infrasignatus
  16. Leopard Tortoise - Luipaardschildpad
  17. Bell's Hinge-back Tortoise - Gladrandklepschildpad
Nile Crocodile
Nijlkrokodil (Crocodylus niloticus)
Lake St. Lucia, South Africa
20 September 1997
East African Red-headed Agama
Oost-Afrikaanse Kolonistenagame (Agama agama (agama?))
Kilimanjaro Area, Tanzania
10 January 2008

West African Red-headed Agama
West-Afrikaanse Kolonistenagame (Agama agama (africana?))
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
25 August 2010

Blue-headed Tree Agama
Blauwkopboomagame (Acanthocerus atricollis)
Madikwe, South Africa
22 November 2005

 

Madagascar Girdled Lizard
Gordelhagedis sp.
(Zonosaurus madagascariensis)
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
15 January 2014

There are 17 Zonosaurus species which are all endemic to Madagascar.
Ornate Girdled Lizard
Gordelhagedis sp.
(Zonosaurus ornatus)
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
18 January 2014

This species is widespread in the east of Madagascar.
Senegal Chameleon
Senegal Kameleon
(Chamaeleo senegalensis)
Berending, Gambia
17 August 2008

Parson's Chameleon
Calumna parsonii
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

This is a juvenile.

Short-horned Chameleon
Korthoornkameleon
(Calumna brevicorne)
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Short-nosed Chameleon
Calumna gastrotaenia
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014

Also called Perinet Chameleon.
Globe-horned Chameleon
Calumna glofiber
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Nose-horned Chameleon
Calumna nasutum
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Carpet Chameleon
Tapijtkameleon (Furcifer lateralis)
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Brown Leaf Chameleon
Brookesia superciliaris
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

Also called Horned Leaf Chameleon. Brookesia superciliaris (8-10 cm in length) is, like other Brookesia species, a master of disguise. It resembles a rolled-up, dead leaf.
It is endemic to eastern Madagascar.
Brookesia's are the world's smallest chameleons.
African Striped Skink
Afrikaanse Gestreepte Skink
(Trachylepis striata)

Amboseli NP, Kenya
17 January 2008

Wall Gecko sp.
Muurgekko sp. (Tarentola sp.)
Bamako, Mali
25 February 2010

Tarentola is a genus of geckos, commonly known as Wall Geckos.

Peter Mudde (Biology PhD and expert on amphibians and reptiles) helped me identifying this species.

Striped Day Gecko
Gestreepte Daggekko
(Phelsuma lineata)
Andasibe, Madagascar
10 January 2014
Leaf Litter Frog Sp.
Phrynobatrachus plicatus
Kakum NP, Ghana
31 August 2010

Madagascar Poison Frog
Mantella baroni
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
12 January 2014

Mantella baroni is a small frog, with adults measuring 22-30 mm in snout-vent length.
This species is found only in east-central Madagascar.

Madagascar Frog sp.
Aglyptodactylus madagascariensis
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

Aglyptodactylus is a genus of frogs in the family Mantellidae and are endemic to Madgascar . They have two typical black markings laterally on the snout which are only rarely absent, and a small pair of black markings in the inguinal region. There are 3 Aglyptodactylus species in Madagascar: A. laticeps, A. securifer and A. madagascariensis. At Perinet/Mantadia only A. madagascariensis occurs.

Madagascar Tree Frog sp.
Boophis opisthodon
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014

This brown large treefrog (males: 55mm; females: 85mm) belongs to the Mantellidae family and is endemic to Madagascar.
It is widespread in the east and south-east of Madagascar.
The hands are without webbing and there is often a white band along the upper lip.

Madagascar Tree Frog sp.
Boophis pyrrhus
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

Boophis is a frog genus in the family Mantellidae (12 species) which are all endemic to Madagascar. Like other frogs of their family, they are small, arboreal, and colorful.
Boophis pyrrhus can only be found on Madagascar and Mayotte Island (Comoros).

Madagascar Tree Frog sp.
Guibemantis liber
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

Member of the Mantellidae family. This species is widely distributed in northern and eastern Madagascar. A small, variable coloured, mainly arboreal frog (up to 29 mm); The similar G. pulcher can be identified by its different colouration of green with violet markings. Jana Riemann, PhD at the University of Hamburg and expert on Malagasy frogs helped me identifying this species.

Mascarene Grass Frog
Ptychadena mascareniensis
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014

Dr. Julian Glos of the University of Hamburg and expert on Malagasy amphibians helped me identifying this species.

Square-marked Toad
Panterpad
(Amietophrynus regularis)
Kakum NP, Ghana
30 August 2010
Madagascar Tree Boa
Madagaskar-hondskopboa
(Sanzinia madagascariensis)
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014
Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Mozambikaanse Spuugcobra
Madikwe, South Africa
21 November 2005

Trying to handle the snake with my left hand and taking photo's with my right; just hoping that the snake would not move towards me or spit at me!

Puff Adder
Pofadder
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008

 

Mole Snake
Gewone Molslang
Savuti, Botswana
November 2001
Thirteen-scaled Green Snake
Gladde Slang sp.
(Philothamnus carinatus)
Attewa Forest, Ghana
5 September 2010

 

Lateral Water Snake
Thamnosophis lateralis
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
15 January 2014

Previous named Bibilava lateralis.
Bibilava is the Malagasy word for snake (biby = animal; lava = long).
This snake is endemic to Madagascar.
Forest Water Snake
Thamnosophis infrasignatus
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
12 January 2014

This snake is endemic to Madagascar, where occurs in the humid east of the island.
Leopard Tortoise
Luipaardschildpad
(Stigmochelys pardalis)
Tsavo-West, Kenya
18 January 2008
Bell's Hinge-back Tortoise
Gladrandklepschildpad
(Kinixys belliana)
Cape Town, South Africa
1 November 2005
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