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Long tail, stripes accross body, long claws, special mark around bottom half of eyes, fast moving... could this be a species of lizard from Agamidae family?


Tropical bushes


Spotted plenty of time in my backyard. Possibly from bushes opposite my house.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AllenWoo 9 years ago
Changeable Lizard
Calotes versicolor Changeable Lizard - Calotes versicolor

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AllenWoo 9 years ago

This widespread Asian native can easily be found in parks and gardens, where it feeds on insects and other prey. Its colour ranges from brownish-buff to greyish, and in the breeding season the throat of the male becomes red and black, as in the photo at left. The species is identified by the short crest above the neck, the presence of small spines above the tympanum and by the lack of a shoulder fold. The male has swollen cheeks.

Commonly found amongst low shrubs and bushes, it will also scamper up tree trunks to avoid being detected. Like many agamids it lays its eggs in a hole in the ground.

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Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 31, 2011
Submitted on Apr 24, 2011

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