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Malolotja Nature Reserve - Reptiles Checklist

(Information from "A Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Malolotja Nature Reserve", by Richard C. Boycott, 1993.)


Gekkonidae (geckos)

   Afroedura major  Onderstall, 1984
   (Swazi Flat Gecko)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Near Threatened
   Southern African Red Data Status: Not listed
   International Red Data Status: Not listed
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Cliff faces

   Lygodactylus capensis capensis (Smith, 1849)
   (Cape Dwarf Gecko)
      Riverine forest
      Valley bushveld

   Lygodactylus ocellatus ocellatus Roux, 1907
   (Spotted Dwarf Gecko)
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Homopholis wahlbergii  (Smith, 1849)
   (Wahlberg's Velvet Gecko)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

   Pachydactylus maculatus  Gray, 1845
   (Spotted Thick-toed Gecko)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

Varanidae (monitor lizards)

   Varanus albigularis albigularis (Daudin, 1802)
   (Rock or White-throated Monitor)
   (SiSwati: imbhulu)
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Varanus niloticus  (Linnaeus, 1762)
   (Nile or Water Monitor)
   (SiSwati: Quamu)
      Larger rivers

Chamaeleonidae (chameleons)

   Chamaeleo dilepis  Leach, 1819
   (Common Flap-necked Chameleon)
   (SiSwati: lunwabu)
      Riverine forest
      Moist indigenous forest
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Bradypodion transvaalense  (FitzSimons, 1930)
   (Wolkberg Dwarf Chameleon)
      Moist indigenous forest
      Alien forest

Agamidae (agamas)

   Acanthocercus atricollis atricollis Smith, 1849
   (Southern Tree Agama)
   (SiSwati: intfulo)
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Agama aculeata distanti Boulenger, 1902
   (Distant's Ground Agama)
   (SiSwati: holoholo)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

Lacertidae (lacertids)

   Nucras lalandii  (Milne-Edwards, 1829)
   (Delalande's Sandveld Lizard)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Near Threatened
   Southern African Red Data Status: Not listed
   International Red Data Status: Not listed
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

Scincidae (skinks)

   Scelotes mirus  (Roux, 1907)
   (Montane Dwarf Burrowing Skink)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Trachylepis margaritifer  (Peters, 1854)
   (Rainbow Skink)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld
      Cliff faces

   Trachylepis capensis  (Gray, 1830)
   (Cape Skink)
      Open grassland

   Trachylepis varia varia (Peters, 1867)
   (Variable Skink)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Larger rivers
      Valley bushveld

   Trachylepis striata  
   (Eastern Striped Skink)
      Valley bushveld

   Trachylepis punctatissima  
   (Speckled Rock Skink)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Buildings

   Panaspis wahlbergii  (Smith, 1849)
   (Wahlberg's Snake-eyed Skink)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

   Acontias plumbeus  Bianconi, 1849
   (Giant Legless Skink)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

Cordylidae (girdled and crag lizards)

   Chamaesaura aenea  Fitzinger, 1843
   (Transvaal Grass Lizard)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Near Threatened
   Southern African Red Data Status: Not listed
   International Red Data Status: Not listed
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Chamaesaura anguina anguina (Linnaeus, 1758)
   (Cape Grass Lizard)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Near Threatened
   Southern African Red Data Status: Not listed
   International Red Data Status: Not listed
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Seepage zones

   Chamaesaura macrolepis macrolepis (Cope, 1862)
   (Large-scaled Grass Lizard)

   Cordylus warreni barbertonensis (van Dam, 1921)
   (Barberton Girdled Lizard)
   (SiSwati: chakazane)
      Valley bushveld

   Cordylus vittifer  (Reichenow, 1887)
   (Transvaal Girdled Lizard)
   (SiSwati: chakazane)
      Rocky ridges and slopes

Gerrhosauridae (plated lizards)

   Gerrhosaurus flavigularis  Wiegmann, 1828
   (Yellow-throated Plated Lizard)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

   Gerrhosaurus major major Dumeril, 1851
   (Rough-scaled Plated Lizard)
      Valley bushveld

Typhlopidae (blind snakes)

   Typhlops bibronii  (Smith, 1846)
   (Bibron's Blind Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

Leptotyphlopidae (worm snakes)

   Leptotyphlops conjunctus conjunctus ?? (Jan, 1861)
   (Cape worm snake)
   (SiSwati: umtfwana wenyoka lengaboni)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland

Boidae (pythons and boas)

   Python natalensis  Smith, 1840
   (Southern African Python)
   (SiSwati: inhlatfu)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Vulnerable
   Southern African Red Data Status: Vulnerable
   International Red Data Status: Not listed
      Riverine forest
      Valley bushveld

Colubridae (typical snakes)

   Lycodonomorphus laevissimus fitzsimonsi Raw, 1973
   (Dusky-bellied Water Snake)
      Vlei systems
      Dams (man-made)

   Lycodonomorphus rufulus  (Lichtenstein, 1823)
   (Common Brown Water Snake)
      Vlei systems
      Swift-flowing streams
      Dams (man-made)

   Lamprophis inornatus  Dumeril and Bibron, 1854
   (Olive House Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Alien forest

   Lamprophis guttatus  (Smith, 1843)
   (Spotted House Snake)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Cliff faces

   Lamprophis fuliginosus  (Boie, 1827)
   (Common House Snake)
   (SiSwati: umdlume)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Lamprophis swazicus  Schaefer, 1970
   (Swazi Rock Snake)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Data Deficient
   Southern African Red Data Status: Rare
   International Red Data Status: Near Threatened
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Lycophidion capense capense (Smith, 1831)
   (Cape Wolf Snake)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Duberria lutrix  (Linnaeus, 1758)
   (Common Slug-eater)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Alien forest

   Pseudaspis cana  (Linnaeus, 1754)
   (Mole Snake)
   (SiSwati: imboma)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Alien forest
      Valley bushveld

   Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus (Linnaeus, 1754)
   (Spotted or Rhombic Skaapsteker)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Psammophis brevirostris  Peters, 1881
   (Short-snouted Grass Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Psammophis phillipsii  (Hallowell, 1844)
   (Olive grass snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Psammophis crucifer  (Daudin, 1803)
   (Cross-marked or Montane Grass Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Aparallactus capensis  (Smith, 1849)
   (Black-headed Centipede-eater)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Homoroselaps lacteus  (Linnaeus, 1754)
   (Spotted Harlequin Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Atractaspis bibronii  Smith, 1849
   (Southern or Bibron's Stiletto Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Philothamnus hoplogaster  (Gunther, 1863)
   (Green Water Snake)
      Dams (man-made)

   Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis Broadley, 1966
   (Western Natal Green Snake)
      Dams (man-made)
      Larger rivers

   Philothamnus semivariegatus  (Smith, 1840)
   (Spotted Bush Snake)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia  (Laurenti, 1768)
   (Herald or Red-lipped Snake)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

   Dispholidus typus typus (Smith, 1829)
   (Boomslang)
   (SiSwati: indlondlo)
      Open grassland
      Riverine forest
      Alien forest
      Valley bushveld

   Thelotornis capensis capensis Smith, 1849
   (South-eastern Savanna Vine Snake)
   (SiSwati: lununkhu)
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Dasypeltis scabra  (Linnaeus, 1758)
   (Common or Rhombic Egg-eater)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

Elapidae (cobras and mambas)

   Hemachatus haemachatus  (Lacepede, 1788)
   (Rinkhals)
   (SiSwati: phemphetwane)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Naja mossambica  Peters, 1854
   (Mozambique Spitting Cobra)
   (SiSwati: imfeti)
      Riverine forest
      Woodland
      Valley bushveld

   Dendroaspis polylepis  Gunther, 1864
   (Black Mamba)
   (SiSwati: imamba)
      Valley bushveld

Viperidae (adders)

   Causus rhombeatus  (Lichtenstein, 1823)
   (Common or Rhombic Night Adder)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

   Bitis atropos  (Linnaeus, 1754)
   (Berg Adder)
      Rocky ridges and slopes

   Bitis arietans arietans (Merrem, 1820)
   (Puff Adder)
   (SiSwati: libululu)
      Open grassland
      Rocky ridges and slopes
      Valley bushveld

Pelomedusidae (terrapins)

   Pelusios sinuatus  (Smith, 1838)
   (Serrated Hinged Terrapin)
   (SiSwati: lufudvu lwemanti)




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