Which of THESE snake encounters should you rather avoid? Which of these reptiles could surprise you by their speed? And which of these tortoises are one of the smallest in the world?
Take our Renosterveld Reptile quiz this Reptile Awareness Day – and get to know some of the reptiles that live in our Renosterveld landscapes (and see why we simply can’t live without them).
This reptile is actually NOT a snake.
Cape Legless Skinks may look like snakes, but they’re in fact lizards. They belong to the family Scincidae, and they’ve been around for a long time, with the first fossil records dating back 140 million years ago.
Which of these snakes is only mildly venomous (and has virtually no effect on humans)?
Spotted Skaapstekers are back-fanged snakes in the Grass snake family. Their venom has virtually no effect on sheep and people and is used to catch small vertebrates.
Which of these tortoises is one of the world’s smallest?
The Parrot-beaked Padloper is one of the world’s smallest tortoises. Its average length is just 110mm, and adults weigh between 140-300g.
Which of these lizards may look sluggish, but move surprisingly quickly (and can nip you if they’re mishandled)?
Don’t let the Southern Rock Agama catch you unprepared – they move surprisingly fast, and have sharp teeth. But their bite isn’t deadly (although some people may believe this to be the case).
Which of these snakes have venom that’s considered to have the same strength as a Black Mamba (but is injected at far lower doses)?
The Cape Cobra is in fact related to the Black Mamba. No wonder its venom is considered to have the same strength as its family member.
This Renosterveld chameleon is EXTREMELY camouflaged, given its green and grey patterns – and as a result, it’s not easily seen.
It’s not easy to spot the Klein Karoo Dwarf Chameleon, given their green and grey patterns. But you could find them on fences during the day. Please don’t collect them. For one, it’s illegal. And secondly, these animals do NOT want to be your pet.
Which of these tortoises may have a red colouring to their underside?
The Angulate Tortoise is in fact known as the ‘Rooipensie (red belly) in Afrikaans - because of this red colouring on its belly. The young tortoises are commonly eaten by crows and other predators, and many don’t make it to adulthood.