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.
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.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.
The Plumed Basilisk, Basiliscus Plumifons, is a species of lizard native to Central America. This one is, I believe, a female of the species.
As I was watching this snake it began to slowly open its mouth so, more in anticipation than anything else, I quickly aimed the camera and started to shoot. I would probably say that my hope, and maybe expectation, was to see its forked tongue appear…..