The Portland Bight Protected Area is home to numerous endemic reptiles and amphibians - sea turtles, slider turtles, crocodiles, iguanas, galliwasps, anoles, polly lizards, ground lizards, boas, and frogs.
Here is a sampling of some them - click to expand full size.
The Blue-tailed Galliwasp (Celestus duquesneyi) was first described in the 1930s from Portland Ridge and was feared extinct, until it was ‘re-discovered’ in the Hellshire Hills in 1997 – Byron Wilson
Parker’s Sphaero (Sphaerodactylus parkeri) is a very small lizard endemic to Jamaica that is believed to be endangered and restricted to the remaining forests of Portland Bight – Joseph Burgess
Originally known only from Jackson’s Bay cave in Portland Bight, the Critically Endangered Portland Bight Cave Frog (Eleutherodactylus cavernicola) was discovered in central Hellshire around 10 years ago – Blair Hedges
The wetlands along Hellshire coast provide important habitat for American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) such as this youngster – Byron Wilson
Previously considered to be a Greater Antillean species, the endemic Jamaican Skink (Spondylurus fulgidus) was described as unique in 2012, and is regarded as Critically Endangered – Joseph Burgess
The Jamaican Ameiva (Ameiva dorsalis) is also found only in Jamaica – Ted Lee Eubanks
There are several species of Anoles ( Anolis sp.) in Hellshire – Kirsten Hines
The Jamaican Anole (Anolis grahami) is endemic to Jamaica – Joseph Burgess
This Jamaican Anole (Anolis grahami) at one point lost and regenerated part of its tail – Dawn Fleuchaus
Anolis opalinus found in one of the research monitoring “buckets” – Kimberly Stephenson
This Anolis lineatopus had been found previously and was marked by researchers with non-permanent white paint. Capture of the scorpion was a bonus! – Kimberly Stephenson
Anolis valencienni is marked and ready for release – Kimberly Stephenson
Female Anole lizards often use natural holes in the bark of trees to lay their eggs – Joseph Burgess
Freshly laid Anole eggs – Joseph Burgess