MADAGASCAN Tropical & Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forest
amphibians and reptiles

Class Amphibia

Order Anura: Frogs

Frogs are not as common or diverse in the woodlands as they are in rainforests of Madagascar.

Boophis doulioti 'Western Bright-eyed Frog'. Yellow and brown flash colours on thighs. Often found around human habitation, as this one was in the toilet block (Ankarafantsika National Park).

'Reptiles'

Order Squamata: Lizards & Snakes

Family Gekkonidae, 'Geckos'

The 'Flat-tailed' or 'Leaf-tailed Geckos' are endemic to Madagascar.

Uroplatus henkeli, 'Henkel's Leaf-tail Gecko'.

Phelsuma madagascariensis kochi, 'Koch's Gecko'

Family Chamaeleonidae: Chameleons

Furcifer oustaleti, 'Oustalets's Chameleon', 'Malagasy Giant Chameleon', (outside Diego Suarez) 

Family Opluridae: 'Madagascan Iguanas'

Oplurus cuvieri, 'Cuviers' Madagascar Swift'.

Family Gerrhosauridae

Zonosaurus madagascariensis, 'Western Plated Lizard'.

Suborder Serpentes: Snakes

Leioheterodon madagascariensis'Giant Hognose Snake'. One of the most spectacular species of snake in Madagascar, and it seems quite common here. It is rather python like in size and movement, but with a distinctive upturned 'hog nose' for digging, for it often eats the eggs of Swift Lizards. 

Dromicodryas, 'Striped Snake'

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