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Philippine Sailfin Lizard

Hydrosaurus pustulatus


The full grown of this lizard grows more than a meter in lenght ,much of which is tail. The male has a fan like tail fin than a female. Its color changes from dull olive green to bright orange green depending on sorrounding temperature. It spends most of the time hanging on trees near or directly above a body of water for a quick escape when threatened. It can stay under water for up to 30 mins. and is a good and powerful swimmer. It can even run on the water on top speed. It feeds on small reptiles , fish, crustacians, insects and even fruits and some water plants.


Tropical swamps / tropical forests near a body of water.

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Saarbrigger 8 years ago

Wow. Amazing shots.

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


animaisfotos 8 years ago

Nice Spotting. The video added at the end of the sequence is just great. Thanks for sharing.

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Wow! Is it eating a prawn in the third image?

KarenL 8 years ago

Hi shekainahdalaban! This is a lovely photo but we do request that the focus of spottings is on the organism so could you please make the second photo the main image. Thanks!

Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 3, 2009
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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