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Green Crested Lizard

Bronchocela cristatella


This species is a bright green lizard, sometimes possessing a blue tint on the head. It is able to change colour, turning darker brown when threatened. There is a dark ring around the eyes, and a dark spot at the back of the head. The males have a crest on the neck. It has a very long and thin tail (75% of total length). The body length is of 13 cm, and the total length (body + tail) is of 57 cm.


Also known as the Green Crested Lizard, is an agamid lizard found in Southeast Asia: Malaysia (West Malaysia and Borneo), Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines (Palawan, Calamian Islands, Panay, Luzon), South Thailand, South Myanmar (Tenasserim Hills), and India (Nicobar Islands). It is found in forests as well as parks and rural areas. In Singapore its range is declining, as it is in competition with the introduced Calotes versicolor (Changeable Lizard).


This green lizard about the size of a man palm stand still on a tree trunk. I was so lucky that i spotted it while sightseeing.

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BenKula 7 years ago

Thank you Mr. Scott Frazier for the ID, really glad that I'm able to know it's true name :)

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Perak, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Apr 7, 2013

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