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Uganda is a den of wildlife of all sizes, heights, structures and habitants are all fully existent in the pearl of Africa making it ideally the best for any form of safari and we highly recommend any tourist on a safari to be on alert while in the wilderness in any place found in Uganda since it’s richness in all kinds of wildlife both with legs and without may cause harm to some tourists on a safari especially during nature and forest walks. Uganda is home to different types of reptile that are either venomous or non-venomous. These include; crocodiles, snakes of all kinds, lizards of all kinds, chameleon, tortoises, terrapins and several others. Most of these reptiles can easily be seen at the major Ugandan parks spread out all over the whole country like kidepo valley national park, Mount Elgon national park, Murchison falls national park and several others, in game reserves like Pian Upe, Matheniko, Bokora, Semuliki Toro and several others.

Many will not agree with Jewel safaris however, most of these reptiles and snakes in particular are too shy to attack and only do so when provoked to the point of no run anymore. Just like humans, reptiles are that humble too and only get wild, uncontrollable and harmful when prevailing factors around are putting in in tension that’s why in most cases, snakes, crocodiles, lizards tend to run away after they hear a shout, meaning they feel insecure. However, when followed, they are also stand back to defend themselves hence harming the team provoking it. There is more to learn about these reptiles however, it is best to learn on the ground so kindly book your trip to the Pearl of Africa to do the reptiles safari exploring the best snakes and other reptile species found in the Pearl of Africa. Uganda is home to most of the world’s celebrated and embraced reptiles like:


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These are dominantly found in the water bodies and can easily be seen during boat launches at Murchison falls, Kazinga channel at Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park and other wetland all over the country. It is mostly an aquatic base reptile who happens to be the biggest reptile. It’s also sometimes called the Nile crocodile because they feed on fish mostly but the mammals can be their target too if they have a chance to grab and kill one. So be careful when around them.



 Uganda being called a pearl of Africa is truly due to what it has but yet little is known to many and tapped by few. When it comes to snakes, Uganda has varieties of them both venomous and non-venomous. As said earlier, snakes are too shy and they will try as much as possible to hide away upon hearing a shout or upon sensing that someone is nearing to it. They will only attack when they notice that they cannot hide anymore. For any Ugandan safari you will be carrying o, there are higher chances of one seeing at least more than one species of reptiles’ family like python. The different snake species in Uganda include.


The Puff Adder:

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This sis amongst many of the snakes found in Uganda threat is so friendly but too dangerously good at attacking humans when it feels intimidated. A few visitors to Uganda have always been able to have a sigh on it however, it’s more common in the Savannah parks and enjoying dining or feeding on rodents.

The Rock Python: This is the largest snake in Africa. It is usually over 5 meters in length and has gold on black mottled kind of skin. They are not venomous but will kill their prey by strangulation. They wrap their bodies around the prey swallowing it whole. After that they can go off and nap for a as two months. They feed on large rodents, small antelopes an could kill a small child. The best place to find the rock python is a bat cave in Maramagambo forest.

Black Mambas:

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This type of snakes is too very poisonous are the greatest threat to human beings because they have killed many people and still will as per the reports. They move really fast, much faster than humans and usually only strike out when they are attacked. They are not black, as their name would suggest but the interior of their mouth is black. They are mostly found in the eastern part of Uganda. Come with Jewel Safaris LTD and we explore more about this deadly reptile and as well get to expound our knowledge about it.

Green Mambas:

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Though they are not as aggressive as the black mambas, green mambas too are poisonous. They are usually found in trees, shrubs, bushes sometimes even the roofs of people’s homes so be careful when in the wilderness, forests of Uganda.

Gabon Viper:

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The largest amongst all the African Viper snakes that grows to over 2 meters long, has a heavy build, black and brown skin pattern with some gold on it. A perfect mix for camouflage in the rain-forests of Uganda. This country is so blessed beyond any statement to ascertaining wordings. Are you in love with exploring reptile, be with us on this trip. Just tap on us at our inbox

Boom Slang:

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Though no scenarios and reports have been written and spoken about thus snake specie, it is very toxic. However, boom slang snake has got no fangs and not aggressive as well. It is mostly spotted on top of trees.

Green Tree Snake: A non-venomous friendly kin of a snake found in trees always rolled on there.

Mole Snake:

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This snake measures up to 2 meters in length and is found in the Savannah parks and feeds on moles as the name suggests and other rodents.

Egg Eating Snakes:

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These snakes feed on bird eggs as suggested by the name. They swallow the egg whole and regurgitate the shell some time later.



In Uganda you can spot different types of lizards both those that live in water and on land. There are few that are almost domesticated too mostly dominant in the eastern part of Uganda. Monitor lizards, both the water monitor, and the Savannah monitor. The water monitor can mostly be seen in Kazinga channel, while the Savannah monitor is best seen in Murchison falls national park. They include;

Monitor Lizards: 

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 These can with ease be spotted at Murchison falls national park for Savannah monitor lizards, and water monitor lizards are best sighted at Kazinga channel. They are harmless and there should be no need to cause an alarm when you come across them only that it can strike using both its tail and the bite is too deadly. The tail strike is said to cause a wound believed to take long to heal or no healing at all. Though medics have not ascertained the real truth of this. They always raid crocodile’s habitants and eat their eggs up. You can spot these during your game drive or launch cruise. There are also other types of lizards that are small in size and you can have a great time in case you booked a safari to Uganda.


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In Uganda, there are many chameleons but few to be seen because they camouflage to avoid being seen by their potential threatening enemies hence keep your eyes wide open to avoid screaming after noticing that it’s on our head. These can be sighted at many of the forested areas of Uganda like Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest as well as the Savannah areas of Uganda.

Here in Uganda you might come across one along a path or a road as you travel or take a walk such as in the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain

Flap-Necked Chameleon:

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This kind of chameleon can be spotted at the Savannah and wooded areas.  It can grow up to 15 cm long, bright and green in color, but they can grow to double in size and will turn tan or brown under certain conditions. See why you need to do reptiles’ safari in Uganda.

Graceful Chameleon:  Yellow and green in color, and white stripe along the flanks of it.

Giant Chameleon:  It is bulky and dark green in color with yellow stripes and a small horn.  It feeds on small reptiles and insects.

Other reptiles include;

House Gecko:

This reptile species appears. like it is in a plastic form but not. They are mostly found in the houses liking for insects to feast on and are generally harmless to humans with exception of their saliva in case you leave the personally used things like toothbrushes and they lick it, it has repercussions.


Uganda is full of diversity and tortoises are among them. Book with us at Jewel safaris and let the safari begin in the Pearl of Africa.

Terrapins:  Somewhat flatter than tortoises and the most common found on a rock near the water will be the Nile soft-shelled Terrapin, a wide flat shell can be one meter in length in some cases.

If you are a visitor on Uganda safari, chances of you seeing most of the snakes mentioned are very minimal but reptiles that you are sure to see especially if you visit some of the national parks include the Nile crocodile, monitor lizards, chameleons, and occasionally a turtle. After the reptiles’ tour, don’t miss out on the most fascinating and adventurous thrill of moment trekking gorillas, vising the Nile or tracking the chimpanzees at the primate’s capital. It is a lifetime experience being in any of the Uganda’s park doing wildlife Uganda safaris, Uganda gorilla tracking safaris or chimpanzees and primates trekking.  For further inquiries about your memorable safari to Uganda either on reptiles, gorillas, chimpanzees or have adrenaline activities in Jinja at the source of the Nile, kindly contact us on our inbox and the information and booking desks will attend to you as soon as yon inquire.


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