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Changeable Lizard

Changeable Lizard
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-31
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-31 19:12
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Changeable Lizard

Species : Calotes versicolor
Size (snout to vent) :10 cm

Size (total length) : 37 cm
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.

The species ranges from Iran to India, and from southern China down to Thailand. Recently introduced to Singapore, it appears to have out-competed the native Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella, which now has a restricted range.

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