MADAGASCAR   -   OCT-NOV 2010   -   HERPS


Madagascar just might have the most beautiful and most fascinating reptiles and amphibians anywhere in the world. The chameleons are the star attractions, and photographs just can't show how incredibly cool these creatures are. Leaf-tailed geckos win an award for utter wierdness, and the glowing day geckos were cute and constant companions in my travels. Critters like this might turn even the most hard-core twitcher into a herp fanatic

Thanks to Niels Pedersen of the IUCN chameleon specialist group for correcting a couple of ID mistakes.

Reptiles

Elongate Leaf Chameleon - Palleon nasus
Elongate Leaf Chameleon
Palleon nasus
Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Calumma glawi
Chameleon sp.
Calumma glawi

Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
I wasn't able to find an English name for this one. (S6f)


Calumma nasutum
Big-nosed Chameleon
Calumma nasutum

Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Calumma crypticum
Blue-legged Chameleon
Calumma crypticum

Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Jewel Chameleon - Furcifer lateralis
Jewel Chameleon
Furcifer lateralis
Mananara Lodge, Anjozorobe, Analamanga region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Jewel Chameleon - Furcifer lateralis
Jewel Chameleon
Furcifer lateralis
Mananara Lodge, Anjozorobe, Analamanga region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Oustalet's Chameleon - Furcifer oustaleti
Oustalet's Chameleon
Furcifer oustaleti
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Oustalet's Chameleon - Furcifer oustaleti
Oustalet's Chameleon
Furcifer oustaleti
Anja, Haute-Matsiatra region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Panther Chameleon - Furcifer pardalis
Panther Chameleon
Furcifer pardalis
Maroantsetra, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(P3)


Canopy Chameleon - Furcifer willsii
Canopy Chameleon
Furcifer willsii
Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Atsinanana region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Chalarodon madagascariensis
Three-eyed Lizard
Chalarodon madagascariensis
Belalanda, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.


Oplurus cuvieri
Collared Iguanid
Oplurus cuvieri
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Merrem's Madagascar Swift - Oplurus cyclurus
Merrem's Madagascar Swift
Oplurus cyclurus
Antsokay Botanical Garden, Toliara, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
I originally ID'd this as O. fierinensis, but Ken Behrens told me it is most likely O. cyclurus. (S6)



Lined Day Gecko - Phelsuma lineata
Lined Day Gecko
Phelsuma lineata
Andasibe Reserve (Perinet), Atsinanana region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Koch's Giant Day Gecko - Phelsuma kochi
Koch's Giant Day Gecko
Phelsuma kochi
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(P3f)


Standing's Day Gecko - Phelsuma standingi
Standing's Day Gecko
Phelsuma standingi
Zombitse NP, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko - Uroplatus fimbriatus
Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko
Uroplatus fimbriatus
Nosy Mangabe, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Leaf-tailed Gecko - Uroplatus sameiti
Leaf-tailed Gecko
Uroplatus sameiti
Masoala NP, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Brygoo's Girdled Lizard - Zonosaurus brygooi
Brygoo's Girdled Lizard
Zonosaurus brygooi
Masoala NP, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Broad-tailed Girdled Lizard - Zonosaurus laticaudatus
Broad-tailed Girdled Lizard
Zonosaurus laticaudatus
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(S6)

Amphibians

Climbing Mantella - Mantella laevigata
Climbing Mantella
Mantella laevigata
Nosy Mangabe, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Baron's Mantella - Mantella baroni
Baron's Mantella
Mantella baroni
Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
(S6f)


Tomato Frog - Dyscophus antongilii
Tomato Frog
Dyscophus antongilii
Maroantsetra, Analanjirofo region, Madagascar.
(P3)


Pandanus Frog - Guibemantis pulcher
Pandanus Frog
Guibemantis pulcher
Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
(S6f)

And one random (but really cool) insect

Giraffe-necked Weevil - Trachelophorus giraffa
Giraffe-necked Weevil
Trachelophorus giraffa
Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Atsinanana region, Madagascar.
(S6f)



















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