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Common Gliding Lizard

Draco sumatranus


A lizard with elongated ribs and skin flaps on the sides of its body. When opened, these skin flaps allow it to glide between tree trunks. It is primarily a tree dweller, except that the females come down to the forest floor to lay eggs. The body length is of about 9 cm, with a slightly longer tail. The body is of a dark grey/brown colouration with stripes and patterns to help it camouflage against the tree trunks. The males have a yellow triangular flap of skin under the chin, the gular fold, which is used to communicate with other lizards, mostly for mating. Females have a much smaller and blue flap. They feed on small insects.


Ranges from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Sumatra and Borneo (including the adjacent Philippine island of Palawan)

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joycecsy 9 years ago

yup was trying to capture image of the lizard from a far.

So it's a Draco

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Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

nice camouflage ! - either a Draco sp ( flying lizard) or Calotes sp ( changeable lizard), I think. I like the tree - looks nice and shady...

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Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on May 28, 2012
Submitted on May 28, 2012

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