The second of two species I found roaming the sheer cliffs of Refugio Los Volcanes. Amazing how they seemed totally impervious to the strong wind – they effortlessly ran up, down or sideways while catching insects and checking out their competition. The walls were full of lizards, so apparently there is an abundance of food [...]
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The first of two species I found roaming the sheer cliffs. Amazing how they seemed totally impervious to the strong wind – they effortlessly ran up, down or sideways while catching insects and checking out their competition. The walls were full of lizards, so apparently there is an abundance of food living on the cliffs [...]
This species is a specialized climber, preferring the sheer cliffs of the Huanchaca Plateau and the strong winds there. The wind brings with it lots of insects, and that’s perhaps the reason it mostly prefers a vertical life? The only species I found here during my very short stay.
This lake is quite far from the Tuichi River and has no stream in or out, but the Caiman has found its way to this small and tranquil lake. The sun has set and darkness is falling fast, but still you can see the shiny eyes watching you. At night a flashlight is the only [...]
The only tree snake I encountered in Madidi. This is on the neighboring Santa Rosa property. Please help me identify it – leave a comment.
What’s nice about canopy towers, and lookout platforms like this one Chalalan set up recently, is that you get to see so incredibly much more than when you are on the ground. This lizard is almost level with me, but unfortunately I was absorbed with the Macaws flying around, and only got shots after it [...]
The lizards are usually heard but not seen, and if seen it’s usually in high speed away from you. This is one residing near my cabin and are one of the larger species.
Many reptiles are incredibly well camouflaged, and only when they move will you see them.
Please help me identify it – leave a comment.
At this altitude, a cloudy day means low activity for a cold-blooded lizard. Here it’s widening its left side to increase the surface area against the few incoming rays of sun. It resembles a Liolaemus ornatus. Altitude: 4536 metres.
One of many species of lizard found at the very high altitudes of the Bolivian Altiplano. Altitude: 3989 metres.
An unfortunate turtle being drowned and asphyxiated – no chance of survival here! I assume the snake knows how the different prey manages air, and that a turtle can stay alive for longer without a breath of fresh air than rodents, as it was coiled around the turtle and kept it submerged for a very [...]
I wonder when these lizards go hunting, as I only saw lazy and super relaxed individuals on branches overhanging the water. I can understand they are slow in the morning but this is late in the afternoon. Perhaps it has just caught food and is simply digesting?
A big lizard like this should be easy to spot due to its size (up to 120 cm/4 feet long), but not so. The only thing that gave it away was the long tail hanging down from the branch it was resting on. It might be easier later in the day though, as this is [...]
On the way to the Napo Wildlife center – right before the Anangucocha lake, the Aanangu creek opens up wide. It’s like a small lake that seems to be the end of the journey – a cul-de-sac of sorts. It was here the oldest and largest Black Caiman in the area was watching us – [...]
Yet another life form unique to the Galapagos. They look so prehistoric and alien, but when you observe them a bit closer you’ll see a rather peaceful being. Only the males are territorial and become aggressive when challenged by other males.
Also known as Tropidurus spp.
A beautiful and large reptile that is very difficult to see – despite its size! Alongside the Rio Palenque in Rio Palenque Biological Centre I found quite a dense population of them. Even among the dead leaves and the grey pebbles the Green Iguana can very difficult to see. Only when it darts off you [...]