The Gambia- June 2017

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The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:43 pm

My family was in the Gambia recently, I had exams so I couldn't go with them unfortunately but my stepfather took some photos of animals. All photos except crocs were taken near Senegambia Beach hotel.

Agama sp.
ID wellcome, there are 3 species of Agama in the Gambia and I do not know how to tell them apart

alpha male
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non-dominant male (?)
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female
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Varanus niloticus niloticus
juvenile
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Crocodylus niloticus chamses
photos taken in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachikall ... odile_Pool
conditions are semi-wild, crocs are feed by natives and as a result they are peaceful so tourists can touch them

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Re: The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Maykel van Gent » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:12 pm

according to recent genetic research, only A. agama and A. weidholzi occur in the gambia.
A. agama is the colourful one, which you have in all photo's.
A. weidholzi is the one with more of a pattern on the back, like in this photo.

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And also, crocs in west africa have been split from niloticus. They are now called the west africa crocodile, Crocodylus suchus
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Re: The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Ilian Velikov » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:50 am

Michal Szkudlarek wrote:crocs are feed by natives and as a result they are peaceful so tourists can touch them

I don't think that's a good idea in any population of crocs, captive or not.
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Re: The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:25 pm

Ilian Velikov wrote:
Michal Szkudlarek wrote:crocs are feed by natives and as a result they are peaceful so tourists can touch them

I don't think that's a good idea in any population of crocs, captive or not.

Yes but locals value money more than well-being of crocs. If crocs can be touched then it causes influx of tourists and influx of money.
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Re: The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:53 pm

Michal Szkudlarek wrote:
Ilian Velikov wrote:
Michal Szkudlarek wrote:crocs are feed by natives and as a result they are peaceful so tourists can touch them

I don't think that's a good idea in any population of crocs, captive or not.

Yes but locals value money more than well-being of crocs. If crocs can be touched then it causes influx of tourists and influx of money.


Well being of crocs??? :lol:
Oh yes... kids in particular could damage crocs' tails jumping over them... :lol: :? ;)
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Re: The Gambia- June 2017

Postby Ilian Velikov » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:34 pm

Michal Szkudlarek wrote:es but locals value money more than well-being of crocs.


I meant that it is very dangerous for humans, for obvious reasons, and the crocodile that bites or kills anybody would be killed in return, so it's a lose-lose situation.
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