Lemurs and others at Berenty

25th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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We are in the middle of a nature reserve and the ring-tailed lemurs came right up to out cabin verandah in the morning.

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The little one’s now the right way around.

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An interesting flower in the desert garden near our room.  No doubt endemic and local.  Focus-bracketing from multiple images.

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Sportive lemur.  There are 24 species.  This is probably a white footed sportive lemur.

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A tiny scorpion on the side of my shoe.  Focus not the best but it shows you the scale.

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… And here he is, in more detail.

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Back to the ring tails….

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… and their young….

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite .

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Verraux’s sifakas, now.

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A red-fronted brown lemur with five baby Aldabra tortoises.

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There were two giant tortoise species in Madagascar prior to the arrival of humans but both species are now extinct.  Giant Aldabra tortoises, from Aldabra Atoll in the nearby Seychelles, were recently introduced to take up some of the ecological roles of the extinct species, including dispersing baobab seeds.

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Yellow-billed Kite.

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Pied crows.

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Nile crocodile.  It was in a pit; you really don’t want to stroke one.  They are native to the west coast of Madagascar as well as much of Africa and have the strongest bite of any animal.

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Madagascan fruit bats, endemic to Madagascar.  Here in numbers but still rated as vulnerable.

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Verraux’s sifakas.

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Red-fronted brown lemur.

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White-footed (?) sportive lemur.

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Frogs, geckos and snakes at Peyrieras

13th October 2015. Peyrieras Nature reserve, Marazevo, Madagascar.

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There around 300 species of frog currently identified in Madagascar with many others identified by DNA analysis but awaiting description. Consequently, it is not surprising that I am unable to identify this one.

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Golden mantella (red form).

This is a tiny frog.  It is brightly coloured to warn of its poisonous nature but still has some predators.  It is restricted to three small regions and is critically endangered.

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This one of the three boa species in Madagascar, probably the Eastern Tree Boa. Madagascan boas are most closely related to the boas of Central and South America, which has been suggested as evidence for a land bridge at some ancient time between South America and Madagascar, through Antarctica.

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This is the Nile Crocodile.  Swimming is not advised because they have the most ferocious bite of any animal.

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Unknown plated lizard or skink.

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Giant Madagascar Day Gecko.

It is diurnal, whereas most Madagascan geckos are nocturnal, and reaches a length of 30cm.

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Madagascan Flying Fox, the largest bat in Madagascar.

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The leaf-tailed geckos show amazing capacities for camouflage.  They commonly stay facing downwards on trees, possibly to avoid avian predators catching the glint of their eyes.  Not sure of the identification of this one.  The next three images are also of leaf-tailed geckos.  We were later to see one in the wild.

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Perhaps Uroplatus Alluaudi.

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Possibly the Giant Leaf-Tailed Gecko.

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Probably Uroplatus Lineatus.

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There are about 297 species of butterfly in Madagascar, 210 of which are endemic.

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Unidentified Madagascan snake.

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Langaha madagascariensis.

This is a snake masquerading as a twig.  The female of this species has a long pointed nose.  there are two other species in this genus.

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Comet Moth and coccoon.

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