Zandvlei Trust


Read how you can help research on the Chameleon species.


photograph by Josh Gericke.

A Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) juvenile, found at Zandvlei on 26/11/2012.

See the correspondence about this turtle between Peter Kruger and Dr George Hughes
in January 2013.



Marbled Leaftoed Gecko (Phyllodactylus porphyreus) They are nocturnal and feed on insects. They are generally about 8 - 9cm long.



Click on this link to YouTube and see a Cape Dwarf Chameleon catching a fly.
The post is by Greg Morgan.

Cape Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion nemorale) sloughing its outer skin.

Cape Dwarf Chameleon sunbathing in the autumn sun.

This Cape Dwarf Chamaleon is an unusual colour from its bright green.

Cape Dwarf Chameleon with a missing tail tip??



photograph by Ann Koeslag

Knox's desert lizard (Meroles knoxii) January 2007.

This Knox's desert lizard was observed with a female and a juvenile along a pathway in the reserve on 07/01/2005.



photograph by Bowen Boshier

Silvery Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes bidigittatus) The small hind limbs have 2 small toes. They eat small invertebrates.

photograph by Anita Flockhart

Cape Skink (Mabuya Capensis) also found in gardens. Domestic cats hunt and impact their numbers.

Cape Legless Skink (Acontias meleagris) found in sandy dry soils.


Snakes.   updated 29/03/2016.

On 28 March 2016, Barry Parker reports "I just took the dog out for a walk without a lead - 2m outside the front gate in Rutter Road a Cape Cobra was moving towards us.
Luckily the dog had been hiking with me 5 hours today. She sat when I told her too, about a metre from the cobra, and then she ran off to the grass when I told her - very lucky."

photograph by Barry Parker.

Just checking to see what it is.

photograph by Barry Parker.

Making off down the road and under cover of the car.


On 12 March 2014, Andy Killick reports "This morning Kirsty, my wife, discovered this beheaded snake in the gutter on Orient Road. It appeared to have only just been killed.

A web search indicates that it was one of the King Snakes (genus Lampropeltis) that come from North America or northern South America. They are certainly not indigenous in the Cape. The King Snakes are non-venomous snakes that eat slugs, small reptiles and small rodents. They display batesian mimicry of the venomous coral snakes.

The snake was almost certainly brought into the area as a ‘pet’. One wonders whether it had only just escaped or been discarded, or whether it had lived in the wild for some time as the environment at Zandvlei provides many of its natural foods and many of the species are known to like burrowing into sandy soils".

photograph by Andy Killick.

The beheaded King Snake found in the gutter.


photograph by Greg Morgan

Common Slug eater (Duberria lutrix) has found a snail and started to digest it.

photograph by Greg Morgan

Common Slug eater (Duberria lutrix) A gardeners ally. This is a non venomous snake, it does not have fangs, but very small backward facing serrations on the jaw.

photograph by Greg Morgan

Common Slug eater (Duberria lutrix) All gone!!

photograph by Greg Morgan

Common Slug eater (Duberria lutrix) "Tabakrolletjie" rolls up in a tight spiral when alarmed. A valuable garden ally to eat slugs and snails and other insects.

photograph by Ross Wilson

Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)  A large specimen between 1,5 - 1,8 metres long with beautiful markings.

Black Thread Snake (Leptotyphlops nigricans) They burrow underground and feed on ants and termites. The do not have teeth in the upper jaw. They give off pheromones that prevent soldier ants attacking them.

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) A large male (about 1,8 metres) specie with pale blue underside.

Olive House Snake (Lamprohis inornatus) similar to the Brown House Snake, and lives in moister areas.

Cape Cobra snake (Naja nivea),  A juvenile released on Park Island in September 2004.

photograph by Greg Morgan

Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) larger species, they help keep the mice and rat population under control.

photographs by Erika Foot

Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) Elzette Krynauw (Nature Conservation student) readying it for release on Park Island in 2002.

Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) Seen on 03/05/2014 in Management Block 21 of the Reserve.
We have no idea how much is underground. There is about 2 metres above ground.

What a beautiful specimum. Great that they are still around.

Then it glided underground and ...

.... quietly disappeared from sight.



See the Cape Tortoise Group on Facebook.    new 17/04/2014.

It's for conservationists, licenced tortoise keepers and anyone
who's concerned about tortoises' plight in South Africa.

Parrot beaked Tortoise (Homopus areolatus) This is a small
tortoise specie, not found in the open spaces.

Angulate Tortoise (Chersina angulata) Two males chasing each other around in spring, trying to establish who owns "the right of way".

photographs Martin Reitz                                               photographs Martin Reitz

Angulate Tortoise side and top views

photograph Martin Reitz

Angulate Tortoise underside showing the              This Angulate Tortoise egg shell is round and is
beautiful patterns and colouring.                              thicker than a birds egg shell.


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