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House Lizard (newly hatched)

Hemidactylus sp.

Description:

These lizards are common in India. The skin colour varies from plain and pale to dark and patterned. We are not sure if these represent local variations or are different species or sub-species. The one I saw today has lightly patterned skin. It is a new born with a fragment of its eggshell still sticking to its head. It looks so vulnerable. You can see at least one sibling waiting to come out into the open.

Habitat:

There is this space in the wall where the bolt enters when locked. The eggs were there (third photo)...how surprising the opening and closing of the bolt did not damage the eggs...the mom-lizard calculated the clearance!

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SukanyaDatta
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SukanyaDatta

West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 15, 2020
Submitted on Jun 15, 2020

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