Reptiles

Reptiles

The reptiles consisted of 31 species (6 endemics) belonging to 18 families , covering 20% of the island’s reptilian fauna.  These included 15 species of tetrapod reptiles and 16 species of serpents. Among the total species, 9 are nationally threatened. The Water Monitor (Varanus salvator), Common Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor), and two species of geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus and Gehyra mutilata ) were very common reptiles  at Muthurajawela. The occurrence of the Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is of particular interest, as this species is known to occur naturally only in the lowland dry and intermediate zones in the island. This species may have been introduced to Muthurajawela through individuals brought in as pet animals. A breeding population of the Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), the largest reptile in the Muthurajawela Sanctuary, occurs in the northern area.  Among the other reptiles, the Indian Python (Python molurus), the largest serpent in Sri Lanka, also occurs in Muthurajawela.

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Date

22 January 2015

Categories

Flora & Fauna

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