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Sri Lanka Kangaroo Lizard

Otocryptis wiegmanni


The Sri Lanka Kangaroo Lizard is one of two species of the genus Otocryptis endemic to Sri Lanka, the genus consists of three species O. wiegmanni, O. nigristigma and where the last one O. beddomii is endemic to Indias southern rainforests. It can grow to be up to 22 cm where the tail is more than twice the size of its body length. It is sometimes spotted running bipedal across the ground to avoid predators or to quickly move from one place to another. This specimen was spotted hunting a large spider(unsure of the species), and this lizard is around 17-18 cm. They can like the chameleon move their eyes independent of each other and have the ability to change color to match the background as part of a defence mechanism against predators.


Urban settlement, flower garden, close to small patches of jungle.

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දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 30, 2020
Submitted on Apr 25, 2020

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