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Sungazer (Smaug giganteus)
One of South Africa’s most threatened lizards due to habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.
Sungazers are on South Africa’s TOPS list (Threatened or protected species)
Smaug is a dragon in J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, and just looking at a Sungazer we can see why they are considered ‘Reptile Dragons”.
Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis)
This cryptic snake, remarkably resembles a twig or vine, hence where the name is derived. These highly venomous, rear fanged snakes, possess a potent haemotoxic venom for which there is no antivenom. Its diet consists of lizards, frogs and other snakes.
They have a bright orange tongue and are able to inflate their necks defensively.
Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
Reticulated pythons are a non-venomous python species found in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. They are known to grow to be the longest of any python species, with an individual being recorded at 10 metres in length and weighing 160 kilograms.
They are hunted by man for their skin and meat. Smaller specimens are also preyed on by the snake eating “King cobra”.
Bull frog (Pyxiecephalus adspersus)
These amazing frogs have a ferocious appetite and will attempt to eat anything that will fit in their large mouths, including other frogs and even snakes.
Larger males are dominant during breeding and will fight other males to the death. The males are also known to guard their tadpoles.
Bullfrogs are on South Africa’s TOPS list (Threatened or protected species) and are mainly threatened due to habitat destruction and urbanisation, however many individuals are also collected for the pet trade.
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