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Barking Gecko

Lizards Lizards belong to the sub-order SAURIA: this sub-order consists of typical lizards, skinks, agamas, geckos, chameleons and their relatives. Many are highly specialized showing a variety of specific features. Some species are legless and are often confused with snakes. In the legless forms, evidence of legs is still found. The body is covered with granular scales which can be …

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White-throated monitor Varanus exanthematicus

Rock Monitor

The White-throated Monitor is also known as the rock or tree monitor. They are not usually associated with water and unlike the water monitor the tail is not longer than the body. The snout is more bulbous giving the impression of the “roman nose”. They lay eggs in rock cracks, abandoned animal burrows or cavities in trees. Their diet is …

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Angolan spade-snouted worm lizard

Slender Spade-snouted Worm Lizard

Angolan Spade Snouted Worm Lizard is a fossorial species that is seldom seen. Most often found after exceptional rains and during excavations. Diet is almost exclusively termites  

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Striped skink

Striped Skink

A very wide-spread species with a broad habitat range. Diurnal feeding mostly moths and beetles. Each of the lower eyelids have windows and the ear opening is lobed.

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Cape dwarf gecko

Cape Dwarf Gecko

Cape Dwarf Gecko is more commonly seen around lodges and human structures than in the wild. Possibly due to the phenomenal camouflage of the species. Unlike most geckos this is a diurnal species.

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Barking gecko

Barking Gecko

The barking gecko is absent from the Okavango but present through the central, southern and western areas of Botswana where their dusk chorus is a feature of the Kalahari. The males call from the entrance of the burrow to advertise territory and when conditions are favourable (particularly after rain) they emerge from the burrows to feed on invertebrates.

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Ground agama

Ground Agama - Agama aculeata

Ground Agama is common in the dry areas of Botswana but also found in the Okavango in the more arid areas of the Delta. They have stout, triangular heads and long tails. They cannot shed their tails. The eyes can move in their sockets and the pupils are round. The male agamas are brightly coloured and defend their territories against …

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Nile monitor -Leguaan

Water (Nile) Monitor

Nile monitors have a varied diet including small aquatic vertebrates, bird’s eggs and chicks, aquatic invertebrates and crocodile eggs. They are a major predator of crocodile eggs and in some cases the main threat to crocodile populations in nature/game reserves. They are common in the Okavango Delta Breeding: they frequently lay their eggs in termite mounds. During summer they dig …

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Kalahari sand lizard

Kalahari Sandlizard

Kalahari Sand Lizard is the only member of this genus of fast moving lizards in the Okavango Delta. As with all of these old world lizards the claws and legs are well developed, the skin is covered with granular scales, they can shed their tails and they are diurnal.

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