The Feared Queen
Boats on the Orinoco
The Devil's Eye
Friend or Foe?
Here Comes the Sun
Eye to Eye
Lines in the Sand
Life in Cold Blood
DewdropAn Orange-Legged Leaf Frog (Pithecopus hypochondrialis) sleeps on a blade of grass in Los Llanos of Colombia, his nictitating membrane creating a constellation over vibrant eyes.
Dinosaur A Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) emerges from a swamp in the flooded Llanos, hidden and caressed by the Salvinia, he looks ominously from the water.
The Feared QueenA Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polyepis) looks to the horizon outside of Windhoek, Namibia
Boats on the OrinocoTwo Spectacled Caiman hatchlings (Caiman crocodilus) waiting in the shallows for their mother to return, their floating heads like tiny boats among the grass.
The Devil's EyeHidden beneath the Namib sands, the venomous Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis) lies in wait for unsuspecting prey.
Friend or Foe?This Red-Footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) was confidently lumbering across the wide open Llanos, making no effort whatsoever to disguise or cool itself under the soft shade of nearby bushes. These tortoises are now vulnerable due to overexploitation by hunting and the exotic pet trade.
HypnosisA Colombian Milk Frog (Tracycephalus typhonius) poses with mesmerising eyes.
Here Comes the SunThe Shieldheaded Gecko (Gonatodes caudiscutatusi), native to Southern Ecuador and small areas of neighboring Peru.
River bendA juvenile Rusty Whip Snake (Chironius scurrulus) elegantly blends into the banks of the Nangaritza river of Southern Ecuador.
Strawberry RedVivid with territorial anger and strikingly prominent against his tropical forest habitat, this Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) belongs to the Toamasina locale, endemic to the East coast of Madagascar.
SilhouetteThe silhouette of a Lined Day Gecko (Phelsuma lineata) in Andasibe, Madagascar.
Baby BoaAn expertly camouflaged juvenile Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) in Los Llanos of Colombia.
AmélieAn Amelie Glass Frog (Teratohyla amelie), named after the protagonist of the film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, “a film where little details play an important role in the achievement of joie de vivre; like the important role that glass frogs and all amphibians and reptiles play in the health of our planet”.
AmbushA young Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) coils in defense in the flooded wetlands of the Colombian Llanos.
Stream SentinelAfter several hours of a gruelling and wet hike through the night, my team and I successfully found the critically endangered Atelopus laetissimus. Limited to a very restricted area in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia, these harlequin toads are threatened by habitat destruction and chytrid fungus.
Eye to EyeThe cracked brille of an extremely rare Anchieta’s Dwarf Python (Python anchietae).
Lines in the SandA Perinquey’s Adder (Bitis peringueyi) jumps across the wind-sculpted dunes of the Namib Desert.
Life in Cold BloodA juvenile female Two-Horned Chameleon (Furcifer bifidus); endemic to Eastern Madagascar, this species like all of Madagascar’s chameleons is threatened by continued encroachment and deforestation.
PricelessThe Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) is critically endangered and endemic to just a few high-altitude swamps in Eastern Madagascar. Their populations are suffering under their popularity in the exotic pet trade and human encroachment.
PhantasticusThe Satanic Leaf Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) is a marvel of evolution; endemic to Madagascar, their veiny skin, twig-like limbs and leaf tail all make up an astonishing mastery of camouflage. They are listed by WWF as one of the “Top Ten Most Wanted” by the exotic pet trade.
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