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Our Lizards

We have several species of lizards here in the Upendo Conservation Area.  Lizards are reptiles, so they are covered with scales, they shed their skins as they grow, their body temperature is the same as that of the environment (so they move back and forth from sun to shade), and they lay eggs.  Look below to learn more about our lizards!!!!!


Nile Monitor

Our largest lizard is the Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus).  We often see this big guy hanging out on a tree branch in one of the large trees in our conservation area.  

Graceful Chameleon

We sometimes see a graceful chameleon (Chamaeleo gracilis) hanging out near the tree nursery area.  

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Five-Lined Skink

We have many small lizards on the property, and this one is a female five-lined skink (Trachylepis quinquetaeniata).  A close relative, the variable skink (Trachylepis varia), is also found on the property.

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