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Namib Dune Gecko
(Pachydactylus rangei)

Namib Dune Gecko

Pachydactylus rangei grows to a length of about 13 cm (5 in) including a 6-centimetre (2.4 in) tail. The head is quite distinct from the slender body and both are flattened dorsally. The eyes are large, dark-coloured and protuberant and have vertical pupils.The Web-footed gecko is very pale, nearly translucent.

Shovel-Snouted Lizard
(Meroles anchietae) 

Shovel-Snouted Lizard

When the shovel-snouted lizard is alarmed it dives into the dune slip-face. It will then swim as deep as need be to escape any danger, but will raise its body to jump and bite if necessary to protect itself if the hazard continues. It will also dive down if the surface temperature is too high, and can survive for 24 hours buried down under using air trapped in the sand.

Sidewinder Snake
(Bitis Perinqueyi) 

Sidewinder Snake

The sidewinder snake is a small snake with an average total length (body + tail) of 20–25 cm (8–10 in), its maximum recorded total length is 32 cm (13 in).
An ambush hunter, it buries itself just beneath the surface of the sand with only its eyes and the tip of its tail exposed.When prey happens by, it is seized and envenomated.

Fitzsimon’s Burrowing Skink
(Typlacontias brevipes)

Fitzsimon’s Burrowing Skink

This legless lizard, which resembles a small snake, is covered in a glossy layer of wax and can swim through the sand. It is blind and spends most of its life below the surface of dunes where it burrows in search of food, which it detects mostly by feeling for vibrations wthatt insects make when moving over the sand.

Namaqua Chameleon
(Chamaeleo namaquensis)

Namaqua Chameleon

The Namaqua Chameleon spends most of its life on the ground hunting for insects. They reach a length of up to 30cm and are one of the fastest moving chameleons in the world. Their basic color is black but color can change according to mood and willful decisions

Cartwheeling Spider
(Carparachne aureoflava) 

Cartwheeling Spider

This spider also known as the dancing white Lady spider is endemic to the Namib dune belt.
Two dancing white lady spiders occur in the Namib, but only Carparachne is known for its cart wheeling escape tactics. This large desert spider makes a burrow out of silk in the slip face of a dune which it closes with a little silk trap door.

Tenebrionid Beetles
(Tok Tokkies)

Tenebrionid Beetles

A large variety of Tok Tokkies inhabit the Namib Desert.

They come in all shapes & sizes. The most common Tok Tokkie found in the dunes is the Fog Basking beetle (Onymacris unguicularis). These beetles including many others have a peculiar way of collecting drinking water from the fog.

Reticulated Desert Lizard
(Meroles reticulates)

Reticulated Desert Lizard

Reticulated Desert Lizard is a tan to brown lizard with reticulations covering most of its dorsum, limbs, and tail. Some of these reticulations are filled with black pigmentation. These lizards are primarily carnivorous, feeding on invertebrates and other small prey, even other lizards.

Black-backed Jackal
(Canis mesomelas)

Black-backed Jackal

The black-backed jackal is a fox-like canid with a slender body, long legs and large ears. It is similar to the closely related side-striped jackal and more distantly related golden jackal, though its skull and dentition are more robust and the incicors much sharper. It weighs 6–13 kg (13–29 lb), stands 38–48 cm (15–19 in) at the shoulder and measures 67.3–81.2 cm (26.5–32.0 in) in body length.