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    of the Crocodile River Reserve

    A tortoise in the Crocodile River Reserve

Reptiles of the Crocodile River Reserve

The fundamental role that reptiles play in our ecosystem is often under-valued, with reptiles such as snakes often being feared and killed, rather than being seen as beneficial environmental service providers.

As a part of the food chain, reptiles prevent overpopulation of insects and disease-carrying rodents, which is an essential part of any healthy ecosystem.

Many reptiles, such as monitor lizards are pretty lazy, and when confronted with a rotting carcass, will pick this ‘easy meal’ over hunting and striking down live prey. This clean-up service ensures that our environment stays clean and healthy.

On the other end of the spectrum, reptiles provide food for other hungry predators, especially when they are young. Young snakes and lizards often become food for birds of prey.

The Crocodile River Reserve is home to a rich diversity of lizards, snakes, tortoises, chameleons and turtles, who enjoy the sun and open grasslands.


Reptile Species

Snakes Found In The Area:

Aurora House Snake
Black Headed Centipede Eater
Brown House Snake
Common Egg Eater
Common Brown Water Snake
Common Slug Eater
Delalandes Beaked Blind Snake
Incognito Worm Snake
Mole Snake
Olive House Snake
Peters Worm Snake
Puff Adder
Red-lipped Herald Snake
Spotted Skaapsteker
Spotted Harlequin Snake
Striped Skaapsteker

Lizards Often Spotted in the Reserve:

African Striped Skink
Bushveld Lizard
Common Flap-neck Chameleon
Common Rough Scaled Lizard
Legless Burrowing Skink
Montane Speckled Skink
Transvaal Common Gecko
Transvaal Girdled Lizard
Variable Skink
Cape Skink
Water Monitor

Tortoise and Turtle Species Found in the Reserve:

Hinged Lobatse Tortoise
Hinged Serrated Terrapin
Hinged Speke’s Tortoise
Leopard Tortoise
Marsh Terrapin

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