Readers’ wildlife photographs

Here are more photos taken by reader Benjamin Taylor on his trip to Southern Africa in 2015. The captions are from his photo site, and we’ll have more soon.

Dancing white lady spider (Carparachne aureoflava), Namibia. The ‘white lady’ spider is hunted by pompilid wasps, which it will attempt to escape by cartwheeling down steep sand dunes:


Namib sand gecko (Pachydactylus rangei):


Peringuey’s desert adder (Bitis peringueyi):


Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis):


Namib rock agama (Agama planiceps):


Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), Okavango Delta, Botswana:


 Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), Okavango Delta, Botswana:


Water lily (species unknown), Okavango Delta, Botswana:


African wood owl (Strix woodfordii) visiting our lodge dining room:



  1. David Duncan
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    The Nile Crocodile link points to the Namaqua chameleon.

  2. Christopher
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Herp-tastic pics! Especially the Namaqua Chameleon, what beauty. (in my head I sounded like the Crocodile Hunter for a moment!)

  3. Posted August 29, 2016 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Desert animals are so awesome!

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Very good photos. Thanks!

  5. geckzilla
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Seeing a gecko always makes me happy. Thanks, Benjamin.

  6. Posted August 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Very nice photos, thanks for sharing them!

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Great pics. That chameleon is gorgeous!

  8. Lars
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Greatly appreciate the reptile pictures.

  9. Posted August 30, 2016 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Finally, some real reptiles on this blog! The gecko is extraordinary.

  10. Diane G.
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    How nice to see something(s) so out of the ordinary! Great assortment of fascinating critters!

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