Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus

Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus Data Deficient Tanzania The Black-throated Monitor, also known as the Rock Monitor Varanus albigularis is a species of monitor lizard in the family Varanidae. The species is endemic to Central, East, and southern Africa and live in Tanzania. Black-throated Monitors are usually a dark gray-brown with yellowish or white markings,Continue reading “Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus”

One-fifth of reptiles heading towards extinction

Almost one-fifth of the world’s reptiles are currently threatened with extinction. A recent study assessed 1500 species for extinction risks. From the 19% found to be in danger, 12% were classified as Critically Endangered, 41% as Endangered and 47% Vulnerable. Three of the species listed as being Critically Endangered are believed to be possibly extinct.Continue reading “One-fifth of reptiles heading towards extinction”

Four-horned Chameleon Trioceros quadricornis

The main threat to this species is deforestation. Agricultural development extends as high as 1,700 m asl. near Nsoung village on Mt Manengouba (Gonwouo et al. 2006), and forest on the mountain’s southeast slope is rapidly disappearing (Gonwouo et al. 2006).

Harlequin Poison Frog Oophaga histrionica

The enigmatic blue-billed curassow (Crax alberti – local name “Paujil”), endemic to the tropical humid forests of northern Colombia, is the cracid species most threatened with extinction in the wild from #deforestation

Orinoco Crocodile Crocodylus intermedius

The enigmatic blue-billed curassow (Crax alberti – local name “Paujil”), endemic to the tropical humid forests of northern Colombia, is the cracid species most threatened with extinction in the wild from #deforestation

Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle Mesoclemmys hogei

The extremely rare Pernambuco Pygmy-owl is critically endangered on the @IUCNredlist due to massive logging and deforestation for #palmoil #beef farming in #Brazil support this animal’s survival by making art and joining the #boycott4wildlife

South America: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

As the lush equatorial rainforests of South East Asia are exhausted, increasingly focus is being placed on parts of Central and South America. Oil Palm is a growing commodity there and is found in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. The fertile rainforests of Latin America are home to some of the most exotic andContinue reading “South America: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation”

King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah

King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah Vulnerable Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India The King Cobra lives in a variety of habitats, primarily in pristine forests, but they can also be found in degraded forest, mangrove swamps and even agricultural areas with remnants of woodland. They have also been found swimming in rivers in non-forested landContinue reading “King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah”

Titiwangsa Horned Tree Lizard Acanthosaura titiwangsaensis

Titiwangsa Horned Tree Lizard Acanthosaura titiwangsaensis Endangered Malaysia This upland species of lizard ranges no lower than 1,000 m asl, and is associated with dipterocarp forests. Lizards are occasionally seen during the day on the sides of small trees in dense undergrowth, usually no more than two metres above the forest floor. The Titiwangsa HornedContinue reading “Titiwangsa Horned Tree Lizard Acanthosaura titiwangsaensis”

Malayan Forest Gecko Cyrtodactylus pulchellus

Malayan Forest Gecko Cyrtodactylus pulchellus Endangered Malaysia (Peninsular) The Malaysian Forest Gecko is a nocturnal and scansorial species that lives in granite rock-forest (Grismer et al. 2012). Occasionally animals will opportunistically utilize nearby vegetation and the outer walls of buildings (L. Grismer and E. Quah pers. comm. 2017). Continued collection of the Malaysian Forest GeckoContinue reading “Malayan Forest Gecko Cyrtodactylus pulchellus”

Southeast Asian Box Turtle Cuora amboinensis

Southeast Asian Box Turtle Cuora amboinensis Endangered Bangladesh; Brunei; India; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam The Southeast Asian Box Turtle is largely restricted to standing water bodies, but opportunistically inhabits most types of water bodies except large rivers and reservoirs. They prefer lowland swampy areas with dense vegetation, but also occurs in intermittentContinue reading “Southeast Asian Box Turtle Cuora amboinensis”

Papua New Guinea & West Papua: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

As the rainforest habitats are destroyed in Indonesia, Indonesian and Chinese oil palm processing companies are switching focus towards Papua New Guinea, Africa and South America to keep up with demand for palm oil.

Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis

Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis Critically Endangered Extant (resident): Cambodia; Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Thailand Extinct: Singapore Presence Uncertain: Vietnam The Southern River Terrapin inhabits estuaries, mangrove creeks, lower river sections, and coastal lagoons, generally in areas influenced by the tide, but may also occur substantial distances upriver (e.g. Perak). Habitat alteration and destructionContinue reading “Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis”

Asian Giant Tortoise Manouria emys

Asian Giant Tortoise Manouria emys Critically Endangered Extant (resident): Bangladesh; India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand Extinct: Singapore The Asian Giant Tortoise exclusively inhabits evergreen forest, from lowland regions up to altitudes of about 1,000 m (typically 600-1,500 m). The animals appreciate moisture and are typically found near water and frequently burrow in damp soil (NutphandContinue reading “Asian Giant Tortoise Manouria emys”

Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis

Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis Critically Endangered The painted terrapin, painted batagur, or saw-jawed turtle (Batagur borneoensis) is a species of turtle found in the rainforests of Brunei, Indonesia (Sumatra and Kalimantan), Malaysia, and Thailand. Harvesting by fishermen to eat, poaching to meet pet and food demand, habitat loss due to land conversion to palm oil,Continue reading “Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis”

Boo-Liat’s Kukri Snake Oligodon booliati

Boo-Liat’s Kukri Snake Oligodon booliati Critically Endangered This vivid red fossorial species of snake is found on leaf litter in lowland forest on the island of Malaysia. The forests of Tioman are not protected and are currently subject to private management. The island is a well-known tourist destination and development for both residential and touristContinue reading “Boo-Liat’s Kukri Snake Oligodon booliati”

Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis

Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis Critically Endangered The Malaysian Giant Turtle inhabits freshwater swamps, lakes and river systems. The diet in the wild is unknown, but captives are omnivorous. Little information is available about the species life history. Orlitia borneensis is considered Endangered in Indonesia and reported mostly from national parks; they appear to beContinue reading “Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis”

Asia: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

These unique and beautiful creatures face a threat to their very existence from the replacement of their rainforest home with oil palm plantations in Northern and South East Asia. These lush and fertile forests harbour an immense range of biodiversity not found anywhere on the planet. Thinking, feeling, intelligent beings that love their children andContinue reading “Asia: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation”