• Reptiles

    Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates covered in a special skin made up of scales, bony plates, or a combination of both. They regularly shed the outer layer of their skin. The common reptiles found in Steenbok include chameleons, snakes, lizards, geckos and the occasional tortoise. All...

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  • Mammals

    There are more than 6,495 species of mammals, with more than half of these being rodents. All mammals are warm-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates (animals with backbones) with internal skeletons made of bone. They are among the most intelligent of all living creatures. Mammals are distinguished from...

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  • Arachnids

    Arachnids are similar to insects, but have eight appendages (four pairs of legs) and no antennae. Their body is divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen. These wingless, carnivorous creatures include spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy-longlegs. The early morning dew on webs...

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  • Insects

    The Reserve has a number of different types of insects. These tiny creatures play a major role in the balance of our ecosystem. Insects are the largest group within the arthropod phylum. They have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three...

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  • Birds

    The birds featured here are those that live, nest and have their territories on Leisure Isle, such as the Cape Robin-Chat. Also listed are those birds who visit Leisure Isle from surrounding areas, such as Black-bellied Starlings. The migratory waders and other waterbirds visit the...

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  • Butterflies

    These are the butterflies that have been recorded at Leisure Island or close nearby. Most of them are resident, and will breed wherever their food plants are to be found. There are also several migrants amongst the "Whites" family of butterflies, which will also breed...

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  • Frogs

    The frogs featured in this section are those that may occur in the Reserve, and on Leisure Isle, but it is important to stress that they have not all been identified as such. The photographs were kindly supplied by Louis du Preez and, with the...

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  • Aquatics

    Fish and other aquatic species that are commonly found in the Knysna Estuary and the adjacent coast line are featured . Species commonly found in the Knysna Estuary forming the northern coast line of Steenbok Nature Reserve, can be viewed by paging down. Those featured...

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