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Green Spiny Lizard or Emerald Lizard

Sceloporus malachiticus


A smallish lizard in a rural garden. This seems to be the female.


Cloud forest, 2200 meters in the Talamanca Mountains of southern Costa Rica.

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bayucca 6 years ago
Green Spiny Lizard or Emeral Swift
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Great photos! It would be great if you added your spotting to the "Reptiles of Costa Rica" mission:

pamsai 6 years ago

hahaha !! Wellllll, you have to remember that my blood was used to 38 C... All is relative !!

bayucca 6 years ago

Freezing! Oh, yes!! We had 3° C in the morning!!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks for letting me know Pam! I'll remove the previous comment.

pamsai 6 years ago

OK Daniele. The folks that live there refer to this area as Alpine Cloud forest, they say it's the only one in CR, that's why I added it in. It is definitely different from the other cloud forests I have been to in CR. Freezing at night ! I needed 5 blankets and a hot water bottle... Peaches, apples and berries even grow there.

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San José, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 28, 2015
Submitted on May 5, 2015

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