Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals | Gorongosa Park
Large and small, Gorongosa Park is home to more species of animals than scientists can count. Check out the stunning biodiversity found throughout the park in these high definition images, courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.
The Mt. Gorongosa Pygmy Chameleon may be smaller than your pinky finger, but it is a magnificent symbol of Mt. Gorongosa_s unique ecosystem. I found this female and a newly hatched baby sitting close to each other on the same branch, and soon the young chameleon climbed the adult and stayed on top of her for a while. Pygmy chameleons generally take a few months to hatch from eggs, and thus it is not certain that she was the baby_s mother. Still adorable, though.
Here is one of my favorite Mozambican species, the Twig snake (Thelotornis capensis). It is not an aggressive species, and its deadly venomousness was only discovered when it killed the famous German herpetologist Robert Mertens, who got bitten while feeding his pet Twig snake.