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Indian Kangaroo Lizard

Otocryptis beddomii


Indian kangaroo lizard, is a diurnal, terrestrial, insectivorous agamid lizard, endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.


The preferred habitat of O. beddomii is moist leaf litter on the forest floor of both evergreen and deciduous forests, but it may also climb onto low tree trunks and shrubs The distribution of O. beddomii is highly fragmented in patches of dense forest in the Western Ghats from and south of the Shencottah Gap.[5] The species appears to be sensitive to human disturbance.


I could spend lot of time for watching, but it kept standing with minimum movements. According to IUCN Otocryptis beddomii is Endangered (IUCN 3.1). Please watch:

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Thank you Leuba for the kind words and I too hope their status would be restored.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Wonderful find Chief. Thanks for sharing. I hope their status changes for the better.

Thank you Tukup for the encouraging words, seeing this species itself was a great moment. Thank you.

Tukup 3 years ago

Great photos of an endangered species Chief. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the nomination for SOTW.

Thank you Mark, its a great great honor for me. Thanks to everyone PN.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Hi Sukanya, thank you, I was here in PN silently watching everything. Doing good.

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Welcome back, Chief.It has been a while since we saw you on PN.All well I hope.

Ha ha ha.. Mark thank you for the good words, i am also trying to move the map.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

I see you worked it out ok.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Great spotting Chief. Fascinating animal. I'll see if i can move the map.

The location is wrong shown in the map, the actual location is Rosemala near Thenmala Kollam Kerala.

Kerala, India

Spotted on Feb 26, 2020
Submitted on Mar 9, 2020

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