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Green Garden Lizard / common green forest lizard

Calotes calotes

Description:

second photo seen with a Baya Weaver bird nest. Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.

Habitat:

coastal wetland. The area mainly underlain with hornblende-biotite gneiss of the eastern Vijayan series. The low country dry zone climate prevails in the area. The area has an average relative humidity of 80%. The national park contains five shallow, brackish lagoons with salt pans in three. They are Bundala lagoon of 520 hectares (2.0 sq mi), Embilikala Lagoon of 430 hectares (1.7 sq mi), Malala Lagoon of 650 hectares (2.5 sq mi), Koholankala lagoon of 390 hectares (1.5 sq mi), and Mahalewaya of 260 hectares (1.0 sq mi). The Koholankala and Mahalewaya are almost totally developed for salt production. The climatic conditions are tropical monsoonal, with a mean annual temperature of 27 °C (81 °F). Annual rainfall ranges from 900–1,300 millimetres (35–51 in), with dry period persists from May to September. The elevation of the park ranges from sea level to 10 metres (33 ft).The park was affected by 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Due to protection from sand dunes the park received very little damage.

Notes:

I think I saw more wildlife in this park versus the far more popular Yala and Udawalawe National Parks where tourists and locals flock to see the leopards (if they are lucky) and elephants. So not only did I see more species, we had the park to ourselves in peace and quiet without a lot of other noisy safari jeeps to disturb the peace.

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8 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

Glad you've discovered it, better late than never! No, I've never heard of it. I'm more old school and have a huge library of reference books and guides that I always try first.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

I just discovered Noah in the course of using the new "Lens" feature of the google photo app on my android. It uses A/I to ID species with amazing accuracy despite flaws in framing, focus, angle, age variation, etc. have you ever heard of it?

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

Sure, I will take a look and help if I can. Yeah, I'm the real deal haha. I've been on Noah since near inception, going on almost 10 years!

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

yes, thanks, I see all your credentials now and am confident. any help on my other unidentified photos would be appreciated!

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

No problem. Yes, if you agree with the ID, you can update the spotting now. If you don't you can wait for more people to '+' on the ID but I'm pretty sure on this one. This isn't like iNaturalist, you don't have to wait to be verified or anything like that.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

thanks so much. does this mean I should go ahead and change the spotting or am I supposed to wait for some sort of consensus?

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 months ago

It can be tough sometimes to identify something from a common name, but in this case your guide was right on. It's also known as the common green forest lizard.

jazz.mann
jazz.mann 3 months ago

My spotter/tracker on the safari said this was a "green garden lizard," but wikipedia has no reference for that, and it doesn't look like any pictures I found of other garden lizards. Any thoughts?

jazz.mann
Spotted by
jazz.mann

Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jul 15, 2018
Submitted on May 28, 2021

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