The Red-footed Tortoise, Chelonoidis carbonarius, is a medium-sized tortoise found natively in the northern part of South America. They are popular for food and the pet trade and this, along with habitat destruction, has apparently resulted in them being classified as ‘vulnerable to extinction’.
There are around 200 species of Chameleon at the last count and these come in a range of sizes and colours, with many of these able to change their colouring. Their swaying gait is amusing to watch.
Lizards are fascinating creatures – I think so anyway – with distinct mannerisms, actions and expressions. They are also great to have in your room as they keep down any insect population. From the large Monitor to the much smaller Agama lizards, there are plenty of them around in The Gambia.
The Orange-flanked Skink may be quite common in The Gambia but I only saw one on my recent visit. A member of the lizard family, it generally has shorter limbs than other lizards. Some species of Skink have no limbs at all and their movement is snake-like.
Giant millipedes are quite a common sight in the Gambia and they really are quite large as can be seen by comparison to the discarded cigarette butt in the second photo.
The Western Red Colobus, Procolobus badius, is an endangered species found in a small area between Senegal and Ghana in West Africa. Although officially listed as ‘endangered’, they are not an uncommon sight in the Gambia.
A stroll along the river (rofl, still drier than a dry bone) and the first thing that caught my attention was this clean, well-groomed and large rodent.
To me at least, crocodiles (of all types) always look like they are smiling or smirking. Fascinating creatures in so many ways.
The Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, is a large species of lizard and is not always green in colour. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean and generally grows to around 1.5 metres in length from nose to tail.