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Mlawula Nature Reserve - Reptiles Checklist


Gekkonidae (geckos)

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

   Hemidactylus mabouia  (Moreau de Jonnes, 1818)
   (Tropical House Gecko)

   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

   Pachydactylus vansoni  FitzSimons, 1933
   (Van Son's Thick-toed Gecko)

   Chondrodactylus turneri  
   (Turner's Gecko)

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

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 ornata  (Gray, 1864)
   (Ornate Sandveld Lizard)

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

   Trachylepis striata  
   (Eastern Striped Skink)
      Valley bushveld

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

   Cordylus warreni warreni (Boulenger, 1908)
   (Warren's Girdled Lizard)

   Cordylus tropidosternum  (Boulenger, 1891)
   (Tropical Girdled Lizard)

   Platysaurus intermedius lebomboensis 
   (Lebombo Flat Lizard)

Gerrhosauridae (plated lizards)

   Gerrhosaurus validus validus Smith, 1849
   (Giant Plated Lizard)

   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

   Typhlops schlegelii schlegelii Bianconi, 1850
   (Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake)

Leptotyphlopidae (worm snakes)

   Leptotyphlops longicaudus  (Peters, 1854)
   (Long-tailed Thread Snake)

   Leptotyphlops incognitus  Broadley and Watson, 1976
   (Incognito Thread Snake)

   Leptotyphlops telloi  Broadley and Watson, 1976
   (Tello's Thread Snake)

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

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

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

   Mehelya capensis capensis (Smith, 1847)
   (Cape File Snake)
   (SiSwati: imamba lukhonkhotse)

   Psammophis subtaeniatus  Peters, 1854
   (Western Stripe-bellied Sand Snake)

   Amblyodipsas concolor  (Smith, 1849)
   (Natal Purple-glossed Snake)

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

   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

   Dipsadoboa aulica  (Gunther, 1864)
   (Marbled Tree Snake)

   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)

   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 defilippii  (Jan, 1862)
   (Snouted Night Adder)

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

Pelomedusidae (terrapins)

   Pelomedusa subrufa  (Lacepede, 1788)
   (Marsh or Helmeted Terrapin)

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

Testudinidae (terrestrial tortoises)

   Stigmochelys pardalis  (Bell, 1828)
   (Leopard Tortoise)
   (SiSwati: lufudvu lwesiganga)

   Kinixys spekii  Gray, 1863
   (Speke's Hinged Tortoise)
   (SiSwati: lufudvu lwesiganga)

   Kinixys natalensis  Hewitt, 1935
   (Natal Hinged Tortoise)
   (SiSwati: lufudvu lwesiganga)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Near Threatened
   Southern African Red Data Status: Rare
   International Red Data Status: Near Threatened

Crocodylidae (alligators and crocodiles)

   Crocodylus niloticus  Laurenti, 1768
   (Nile Crocodile)
   (SiSwati: ingwenya)
   Swaziland Red Data Status: Vulnerable
   Southern African Red Data Status: Vulnerable
   International Red Data Status: Not listed




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