Lizards are surprisingly common in the Namib and Kalahari Deserts.
Kalahari tree skink (Mabuya spilogaster)
Common on acacia trees along dry riverbeds.
Wedge-snouted desert lizard (Meroles cuneirostris)
A very fast runner, it eats beetles and other insects.
Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis)
A large, ungainly chameleon with a short tail, this animal lives in very hot desert areas. It eats beetles and anything else it can catch.
Common Namib day gecko (Namaqua Day Gecko) (Phelsuma ocellata)
Live in rocky desert plains of the coastal Namib Desert.
Thick-toed gecko (Pachydactylus sp.)
Lives in the coastal desert. The animal on the left is washing its eye with its transparent tongue.
Dig burrows in soft sand.
Carp's barking gecko (Ptenopus carpi)
Live in shallow burrows in the gravel plains of the Namib Desert.
Bradfield's Namib day gecko (Rhoptropus bardfieldi)
Hang on the shaded sides of rocks during the hottest part of the day.
Boulton's Namib day gecko (Rhoptropus boultoni)
Feed on ants, spiders, and beetles.
Namibian rock agama (Agama planiceps)
A large graceful agama with a small flat head and a very long tail. The male has an orange head and tail.
Tree monitor lizard
A large, strong lizard with sharp claws.
Ground agama (Agama oculeata)
A medium-sized agama with a triangular head. This one is foraging in some elephant dung.
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