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- noun Any of the
genusHomopus of tiny tortoises, indigenousand endemicto southern Africa.
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The Sperregebiet region is a hotspot for endemic reptiles, including an unusual endemic tortoise, the Namba padloper (Homopus bergeri, VU).
As in the rest of South Africa, tortoise diversity is very high in the Succulent Karoo, with seven taxa, two of which are endemic: the Namaqualand tent tortoise (Psammobates tentorius trimeni) and the Namaqualand speckled padloper (Homopus signatus signatus).
"Not only can one find here one of the world's largest tortoises, the mountain tortoise, but also the smallest - the southern speckled padloper - and one of the rarest, the geometric tortoise."
In total, four lizards, a gecko, a skunk and a tortoise are specialists to this habitat: Husaben sand lizard (Pedioplanis husabensis), Namaqua spinytail lizard (Cordylus namaquensis), Campbell's spinytail lizard (Cordylus campbelli), Herero girdled lizard (Cordylus pustulatus), Brandberg thick-toed gecko, Albert's skink, and Nama padloper (Homopus sp. nov).