Reptiles and amphibians of Tanzania
Photo of a male agama lizard basking in the sun in the Serengeti National Park by wwarby (Flickr)
Tanzania is internationally recognised as a key country for the conservation
of African biological diversity. Its herpetofauna numbers about 130 amphibians
and over 275 reptiles, many of them strictly endemic and included in the
“IUCN” Red lists of different countries.
Tanzaniaherps serves two primary purposes. The first is to provide the most current information available on the herpetofauna of Tanzanian Mountains, including information on identification, life history, habitat, status, threats, management concerns and distribution.
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News about Tanzanian reptiles
Despite the vicinity of a major road, the rainforests of the South Nguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania were virtually unexplored until 2004, particularly from a herpetological point of view. New surveys have resulted in the discovery of 17 reptile and amphibian species new to science. These species are only known from the Nguru Mountains. Overall, the surveys recorded a total of 92 herpeto-faunal species of which 15 were species previously only known from other areas.
One hundred Kihansi Spray Toads have been flown to their native Tanzania after a close brush with extinction, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
New chameleon species discovered in Tanzania Researchers have discovered a new species of chameleon in southern Tanzania. The species is called the Magombera chameleon (Kinyongia magomberae).
Latest find in natural world was result of reptile coughing up lizard as conservationist studied monkeys in the jungle
Toad on brink of extinction, scientists race to study for bioactive compounds Following the construction of a dam in Tanzania, the Kihansi Spray Toad sits on the brink of extinction. Scientists are racing to study the amphibian for bioactive compounds with potential medical applications.
Despite their reputation, the vast majority of East Africa’s 650 reptile and amphibian species pose no threat to humans, and their ecological value cannot be overstated. Snakes play an important part in rodent control, while lizards and frogs devour mosquitoes and other pesky flying insects, and crocodiles are the aquatic equivalent to vultures, disposing of the carrion that might otherwise clog up East Africa’s lakes and rivers.