Reptile and Amphibian List


Below is a list of the reptile and amphibian species seen in the Mara Triangle.  Click on the name to find out more about each species.

Tortoises and Terrapins

Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis
Helmeted Terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa
Serrated Hinged Terrapin Pelusios sinuatus


Brook’s Gecko Hemidactylus brookii
Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia
Nyika Gecko Pelusios sinuatus
Forest Dwarf Gecko Lygodactylus gutturalis
Peter’s Writhing Skink Lygosoma afrum
Sundevall’s Writhing Skink Lygosoma sundevalli
Striped Skink Trachylepis striata
Variable Skink Trachylepis varia
Short-necked Skink Trachylepis brevicollis
Boulenger’s Scrub Lizard Nucras boulengeri
Yellow-Throated Plated Lizard Gerrhosaurus flavigularis
Blue Headed Tree Agama Acanthocercus atricollis
Tropical Spiny Agama Agama armata
Mwanza Flat-Headed Agama Agama mwanzae
Side Striped Chameleon Chamaeleo bitaeniatus
Flap-Necked Chameleon Chamaeleo dilepsis
Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus
Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus


African Rock Python Python natalensis
Brown House Snake Lamprophis fuliginosus
Spotted Bush Snake Philothamnus semivariegatus
Jackson’s Tree Snake Thrasops jacksoni
Kenyan Striped Skaapsteker Psammophylax multisquamis
Olive Marsh Snake Natriciteres olivacea
Tiger Snake Telescopus semiannulatus
White-Lipped (Herald) Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia
Northern Stripe-bellied Sand Snake Psammophis sudanensis
Boomslang Dispholidus typus
Olive Sand Snake Psammophis mossambicus
Common Egg-Eater Dasypeltis scabra
East African Garter Snake Elapsoidea loveridgei
Black-Necked Spitting Cobra Naja nigricollis
Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis
Velvety Green Night Adder Causus resimus
Puff Adder Bitis arietans

Toads and Frogs

Guttural Toad Bufo gutturalis
Bocage’s Burrowing Tree Frog Leptopelis boca
Striped Leaf-Folding Frog Afrixalus quadrivittatus
Sharp Nosed Reed Frog Hyperolius nausutus
Common Reed Frog Hyperolius glandicolor ferniquei
Golden-backed Frog Amnirana galamensis
Senegal Kassina Kassina senegalensis
Southern Foam-Nest Frog Chiromantis xerampelina
Eastern Groove-Crowned Bullfrog Hoplobatrachus occipitalis
Natal Puddle Frog Phrynobatrachus natalensis
Anchieta’s Ridged Frog Ptychadena anchietae
Boettger’s Dainty Frog Cacosternum boettgeri
Mascarene Rocket Frog Ptychdena mascareniensis
Marbled Snout Burrower Hemisus marmoratus
Red Banded Rubber Frog Phrynomantis bifasciatus
Lake Victoria Clawed Frog Xenopus victorianus

☻ = Indicates species potentially dangerous to humans.

All wildlife, dangerous and harmless, should be disturbed as little as possible to view them in their natural habitat and behaviour patterns.

Special thanks to Stephan Spawls and Zarek Cocker for compiling the list.