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Identification help: Lizard

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Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:14 am Unread post
I've always found identifying reptiles to be quite a challenge, mostly because I don't have any good field guides but also because I'm not always sure what features to look out for. I have been watching birds for some time but it seems that the same rules don't apply. Colour is hardly of use (ask the Chameleons :D ) and posture, habits, feeding pattern and vocalisation is as useless as a solar powered bicycle to a cave-living bat.

So would anyone have recommendations as to which field guide to get hold of that could teach me how to identify reptiles.

While we're at it, could anyone tell me how to seperate Lang's Crag Lizzard from Drakensberg Crag Lizzard?

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:01 am Unread post
According to my field guide (Field guide to snakes and other reptiles of Southern Africa by Bill Branch), the Lang's crag lizard is quite similar to the Drakensberg crag lizard, but breeding male lack the yellow flanks. Both species may also live together in the same crack.

Not much to work on in the field!!!

I must agree that reptile identification is challenging and also very frustrating at times. I normally try to get a decent video clip of a reptile in order to ID it at home.



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Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:01 pm Unread post
The following are recommended reference books on southern African reptiles, suitable for general use, and currently available at most book shops:

Branch W.R. 1998. Field guide to snakes and other reptiles of southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town.

Marais J. 2004. A complete guide to the snakes of southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town.

Jacobsen N. 2005. Remarkable reptiles of South Africa. Briza, Pretoria.

Boycott R.C. and Pourquin O. 2000. The Southern African Tortoise Book: a guide to southern African tortoises, terrapins and turtles. Published by O. Bourquin, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal.

Tolley K. and Burger M. 2007. Chamaleons of Southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town.

Now if I had a few of those books I might be able to help....



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Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:46 pm Unread post
There is a new book on the shelf:

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa.
Graham Alexander and Johan Marais
Struik
2007
ISBN 978 1 77007 386 9

This is a must have! Easy layout, well illustrated. Pitty that it only has the English names of species.


ID Help - Lizard

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Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:07 pm Unread post
Hello

Does anyone know what this beauty is called?

Seen in Tankwa Karoo this week.

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Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:11 pm Unread post
According to the experts its a Burchells Sand Lizard


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Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:41 am Unread post
Hi Everyone

We saw this lizard at Tihongonyeni in KNP in November

some type of grass lizard?

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Thanks!


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Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:45 pm Unread post
Could be the Common Flat Lizard.
altho the tail doesn't look particularly coloured?

Have a look at the pics Here and see if you think it matches yours.


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Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:38 pm Unread post
Hi Elsa!

I've seen flat lizards before - and this one didn't feel like one of them- I will try and get a closer view from one of my RAW photos. It was really fast when it moved....

Thanks!


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Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:12 pm Unread post
This lizard was about 60cm long,moving slowly, looks rather like some kind of monitor lizard. Can anyone ID it for me? It was seen at Mopani in June.


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Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:32 pm Unread post
It's a giant plated lizard, salamanda. I've also had one visit me at Mopani. Nice photo :thumbs_up:


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Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:12 am Unread post
magnificent specimen... 60 cm :clap:


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Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:32 am Unread post
arks wrote
It's a giant plated lizard, salamanda. I've also had one visit me at Mopani. Nice photo :thumbs_up:



Many thanks arks; pretty impressive lizard! Having looked it up on SANBI I see that its the second largest lizard in SA.


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Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:34 am Unread post
It was, Anne-Marie and was quite happy to stand there in the sun and let me admire it! :D


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Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:49 pm Unread post
There are a lot at Mlondozi as well.

Rough scaled.

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Giant scaled, I think.

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I think this is a rough scaled plated Lizard.

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I really enjoy them. They are really very chilled reptiles.
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