Reptiles are ectothermic meaning they obtain their body heat externally usually from the direct sun or radiated from the surrounding environment.
Species diversity in the fynbos biome is low, approximately half that of the moist and arid savannah biomes of South Africa (Siegfried 1989). Twenty-four reptile species have been recorded, and a further 22 species (including one categorized as rare) are likely to occur on the Agulhas Plain (Raimondo & Barker 1988).
Rare as it is to see a reptile it does occur from time to time, the species of most interest from order Squamata (snakes) are Cobras and puff adders they are more frequently seen at the changing of the seasons when they are moving from their over winter hibernation habitat and back again in spring.
From the order Chelonia (shield reptiles) most commonly the Angular tortoise. They seem to sense a change in air pressure and are seen in higher numbers before the onset of a cold front, probably moving away from low ground.
Seldom seen are Yellow-bellied sea snakes and turtles swept south by the Agulhas current. This juvenile loggerhead turtle was observed at Quoin point.
There is a rehabilitation program run by the Two Ocean Aquarium Cape Town. For Turtles washed ashore in the cape call 0214184652.
Southern Rock Agama is sociable often found in small groups or colony’s during the breeding season the male’s heads become bright blue. We see many of these on the Walk with Whales section.